Friday, January 13, 2006

Murtha's Flank Maneuver to Leave Sheehan & Join Bush

Drudge has a post up with the latest from Rep John Murtha (D-Pa.) which is an excerpt from his upcoming interview with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:

Murtha & Wallace

Here is what Murtha has to say now:

Murtha believes the vast majority of U.S. troops in Iraq will be out by the end of the year and maybe even sooner.............

"You're going to see a plan for withdrawal," says Murtha, which he believes Congress will pass because of mounting pressure from constituents tired of the war that could affect the upcoming midterm elections..................

"I think the political people who give [the president] advice will say to him, 'You don't want a democratic Congress. You want to keep a republican majority, and the only way you're going to keep it is by reducing substantially the troops in Iraq.............................

Well it seems that Mr. Murtha is trying to channel the story of the Phoenix to resurrect him from his defeatist calls these past several months. After doing serious damage to troop morale with his call to retreat because we are "losing", Murtha now is trying to move towards the President. Here is what he tells Wallace:

"All of us want this president to succeed... I feel a mission here, with my experience, that I have to help the president find a way out of this thing."

The efforts that Murtha has been talking down and damaging are succeeding and the plan all along was to draw down the troops as that progress was made. The first free elections in Iraq in 50 Years was the point that we were working towards while Murtha talked the effort down. The timeline has always been that we would start pulling back after the elections and the Iraqis as a free country were able to take over their own affairs.

Despite Murtha's rhetoric the elections were a huge success and we are on the road to Iraq taking care of Iraqi matters. Americans will per the Bush plan continue to pull back and let the plan work as we win the peace. Not turn and run, and not leave until Iraq has the ability to defend their new democracy.

So Mr. Murtha now wants to "help" the President, the military and the war effort? It looks like a flank maneuver to switch teams and now join the success in Iraq that our military and administration are gaining speed with. Sorry Mr. Murtha, I don't think it works that way. We all still respect you for your service to our country in the past. However that service does not excuse what you have been doing in the present.

I'm glad you seem to have seen the light, but you were part of the movement going the other way. You can't simply change teams and jump into the reality team because you now realize that you were in the wrong movement. Check that, you can, and you are one of few people who can. Because of your service you can change, but you have to admit what you have done and publicly apologize for what that did to the effort. I can't speak for the men and woman who are doing the job, but from what I have read (and I have read a lot) that is what they have been saying.

If you don't then your place in history on this important matter will be marching stride for stride with the Cindy Sheehans of the movement you earlier committed to and walk away with their parade...................