The Political play of the Year?


There was an interesting story on Yahoo this evening. Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania made a call for our troops to be pulled out of Iraq on Thursday. He wanted to bring the troops home in six months. Representative Murtha is a 37-year Marine veteran decorated for his combat service in Vietnam.

Representative Murtha’s was not the only attempt this week to set a withdrawal date. Last Tuesday efforts to set a withdrawal deadline failed to pass. Instead they made 2006 “a year of significant transition in Iraq.” I’m not sure I understand what that is supposed to mean.

Both of these efforts were made by Democrats. In an effort to force the issue once and for all the Republicans put forth a bill seeking immediate withdrawal. Of course it failed to pass as they intended. I think the Republicans ought to get the political play of the “year’ for what they did. Finally someone in Congress has shone the public that the Democratic bickering and posturing on the war is just that, posturing.
Naturally Nanmcy Pelosi was upset. Several other Democrats were very vocal. One even left his seat and charged across the Senate yelling about what he saw as a slur against Rep. Murtha. The way I see it, if the shoe fits, wear it! Time served and medals don’t have anything to do with politics. However as a Marine Veteran myself, I am disgusted by his remarks.

How can any Marine veteran of 37 years make these kind of statements. Has the gentleman from Pennsylvania sold out his principles for political gain? Instead of booing Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio as she told about a phone call she received from a Marine colonel who asked her to tell Congress, “stay the course… that cowards cut and run, Marines never do,” Rep. Murtha should have been booed for trying to degrade the deaths of over two thousand of our troops. His words also endanger the lives of our troops still deployed and the Iraqi people.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass, were very vocal about the Republican bill to end the war now. I guess they didn’t think too much of being called to task. It’s about time someone in Congress showed some common sense.

When I read what Rep. John Murtha said, that “Our troops have become the enemy. We need to change direction in Iraq,” I was shocked and angered. I can’t believe an intelligent Representative in the United States Congress would make such a comment. How can the American people accept that we are at war with the terrorists when our elected officials can grasp the “big picture?” Murtha’s idea that we now need to apply diplomacy is ludicrous to say the least. The terrorists consider diplomacy a sign of weakness.

“We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will not retreat,” Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.” said. Thus far the war has cost 2,000 U.S. military deaths and has cost more than $200 billion. Those congressional representatives speaking out are posturing for up coming elections. Just how much “is” freedom worth? Well, over two thousand of our troops felt it was worth giving up their lives! We, the country, owe it to those who have died to make sure they did not die in vain. We owe it to those now deployed to show them our full support. They are not pawns on the chess board of a political race! Congress shames itself with its actions.

As expected the Republican resolution failed to pass in a 403-3 vote. Guess who those three were, Democrats, Jose Serrano of New York, Robert Wexler of Florida and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia!

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~ by devildog6771 on November 19, 2005.

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