They both served in the military. They’re both named John. They’re both put forth by the Democrats as an unquestionable mouthpiece on the Iraq war. And they both advance completely contradictory positions for the sake of political advancement. No, this isn’t John Kerry vs. John Murtha. This is John Murtha vs. John Murtha.
a war initiated on faulty intelligence must not be followed by a premature withdrawal of our troops based on a political timetable. An untimely exit could rapidly devolve into a civil war, which would leave America’s foreign policy in disarray as countries question not only America’s judgment but also its perseverance.
But here’s a press release from Murtha’s own Congressional website on November 15, 2005:
I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice that the United States will immediately redeploy.
And here’s the actual resolution he put before Congress:
Therefore be it
1) Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
2) Congress assembled,
4) Section 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is
5) hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable
7) Section 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S. Marines
8) shall be deployed in the region.
9) Section 3. The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq
10) through diplomacy.
And then his followup statement on December 23, 2005:
We have to give the Iraqis a timetable to take charge of their own destiny.
So, according to John Murtha, we should give the Iraqis a “premature political timetable for our withdrawal” that will help Iraq “rapidly devolve into a civil war, which would leave America’s foreign policy in disarray as countries question not only America’s judgment but also its perseverance.”
Of course, let’s not forget, this is the same John Murtha than advocated cutting and running from Somalia.
There’s a sound foreign policy from the Left.