Friday, November 18, 2005

Murtha's Resolution (or lack thereof)

Rep. Jack Murtha of Penn. decided to call for a troop pullout of Iraq. The republicans have wisely decided to press the isssue, and see which of the democrats decide to publicly join Murtha's retreatist views, or to anger the moonbat base. I wanted to focus a little more on the media coverage of the situation. One article in particular:
House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout
Here's some interesting parts:
By forcing the issue to a vote, Republicans placed many Democrats in a politically unappealing position - whether to side with Murtha and expose themselves to attacks from the White House and congressional Republicans, or whether to oppose him and risk angering the voters that polls show want an end to the conflict.
Why are the Dems afraid of republican "attacks," if they've got the voters on their side? Maybe because they know the American people aren't really against the efforts in Iraq? Hmm?
"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency," Murtha, a longtime hawk on foreign and military affairs issues, said Thursday.
I'm not sure what universe Murtha belongs to, but it sure seems to me that the "insurgency" kills alot more Iraqi civilians and police than American soldiers.
Republicans pounced, chastising Murtha for advocating what they called a strategy of surrender and abandonment, and Democrats defended Murtha as a patriot, even as they declined to back his view.
Patriot?! Who said anything about a patriot?! Yet another example of dems covering their stupider ideas (or lack of ideas) by waiving a patriotic flag. Repubs didn't attack Murtha, just his ideas. More below.
"I won't stand for the swift-boating of Jack Murtha," Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, responded Friday. Also a Vietnam veteran, Kerry was dogged during the campaign by a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that challenged his war record.
What?!!! Kerry served in Vietnam! If only the voters had known this...yeah, I know, the faux surprise at the mention of Kerry and Vietnam is old, but really, does he have some sort of complex about this?
Also, the swift veterans weren't just challanging his war record. They were publicizing his anti-troop/anti-American actions after the war. The fact that someone served in a war does not excuse them from criticism of their anti-troop advocacy.


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