Murtha's the man
I've never been a fan of John Murtha before, but you have to give the guy credit for reading the writing on the wall. In making his public statement for withdrawal, Murtha managed a direct hit: "I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."
Perhaps the most telling evidence that even the Bush administration doesn't know why it's in Iraq is their response to Murtha: a growling, full-scale attack as oppposed to a reiteration of any real rationale for the war.
Dennis Hastert (R-IL) wins the award for the most hypocritcal off-the-wall attack on Murtha:
"I am saddened by the comments made today by Rep. Murtha. It is clear that as Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenant on armed services, Rep. Murtha and Democratic leaders have adopted a policy of cut and run.They would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the President is on foreign soil."
He goes on to remind everyone, yet again, of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. "Did he see the faces the rest of America saw when terrorists plowed into the Pentagon or when the plane that was headed for a Washington target went down in Pennsylvania? I saw the faces that day, and, Mr. Murtha, that was no illusion."
Clearly, Mr. Hastert needs a refresher on the non-existent relationship between 9-11 and Iraq.
But perhaps he knows and doesn't care. It's going to be hard for an attack on Murtha to stick. He's a Vietnam combat veteran and a retired Marine Corps colonel with 37 years of service. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V", two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
With most polls showing Americans in favor of withdrawl from Iraq, the question is not why Murtha went public with his demand for withdrawl, but why aren't more members of Congress willing to take a stand?