Representatives John Murtha, Pennsylvania; David Hobson, Ohio; Norm Dicks, Washington; and Sanford Bishop, Georgia, met with Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, Third Army/United States Army Central commanding general, and dined with service members from their respective states on Nov. 22.
This kind of shit takes balls that clank. I mean, walking into the lion's den after calling US Marines "Cold blooded murders" surely must make his ass pucker. I am certain he risked an ass-beating just walking into the DFAC.
Well, here are some excerpts from Representative Murtha's website on November 17th, 2005:
"I have been visiting our wounded troops at Bethesda and Walter Reed hospitals almost every week since the beginning of the War. And what demoralizes them is going to war with not enough troops and equipment to make the transition to peace; the devastation caused by IEDs; being deployed to Iraq when their homes have been ravaged by hurricanes; being on their second or third deployment and leaving their families behind without a network of support."
"Our military has been fighting a war in Iraq for over two and a half years. Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty. Our military captured Saddam Hussein, and captured or killed his closest associates. But the war continues to intensify. Deaths and injuries are growing, with over 2,079 confirmed American deaths. Over 15,500 have been seriously injured and it is estimated that over 50,000 will suffer from battle fatigue. There have been reports of at least 30,000 Iraqi civilian deaths."
And now??? From his remarks to the National Press Club in September 2007...
"We on the appropriations committee required the Defense Department to submit status reports on Iraq beginning in the fall of 2003. From these reports, I have seen no progress. At least 70,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the beginning of the war, with many believing the numbers are actually in the hundreds of thousands. Two million Sunni Arabs have left the country, mostly to Jordan and Syria and many of them members of the educated middle-class. An additional two million have been internally displaced in what I believe is ethnic cleansing."
"16 months ago I said that we must change direction because the nature of the war has changed. We have gone from fighting Saddam’s army, to fighting insurgents, to being caught in the middle of a growing civil war.” I also noted that, “Although the President touts the political milestones as a success in Iraq, in reality we have not made the progress we anticipated nor have we met the high expectations of the Iraqi people. Indeed when it comes to this war, we have lost the hearts and minds of both the Iraqi people and as polls indicate, the American public.”
"The longer our military remains in Iraq, policing their streets, providing weapons, training and funds to whoever our alliances are for the moment, the longer and bloodier their war will be. If security and stability is the final goal, it will never be accomplished under continued U.S. occupation, the continued propping up of a paralyzed Iraqi government or the continued dependence on the Iraqis for U.S. military support."
And let's not forget the Col Jack Murtha (ret) plan for winning the war.
- To immediately redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces. (run and hide)
- To create a quick reaction force in the region. (leave someone to die, outmanned and outgunned)
- To create an over- the- horizon presence of Marines. (run away to Okinawa)
- To diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq (doing that already)
I know this may be rhetorical to ask, but is there a bigger jackass traitor in the House right now? I am so tired of this guy talking about how we can't win, we will never have stability, and that we need to retreat and hide so we won't get hurt.
What does he think soldiers do? We use the military power we have to create conditions for proper governance. Not our definition of proper governance, but their definition. We are there to kill terrorists, search for WMD (and we haven't stopped that either), and create the conditions by which we don't have to return, again.
If this guy had sat at my table, I would have punched him right in his pie-hole and walked away. The soldiers he sat with from his state and district were probably forced, through threats of UCMJ action, to sit with this traitor and smile and nod so he could have his picture taken. Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn.
For your continued flapping of your cake-hole about cutting and running, and for comparing our Marines to murderers, you continue to show us who you really are, and what you really stand for.
STFU Jack Murtha and please go off into the forest and die.