Friday, November 18, 2005

Everything old is new again

posted by Rob at 8:06 AM

The subject - Rep. John Murtha, of Johnstown, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and top Democrat on the House Appropriations defense panel.

Here's what he said yesterday:
The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.
This made news. The Big Mo' continues.

Yet here is Murtha from May 2004, about a year and a half ago:
"We cannot prevail in this war as it is going today," Murtha said yesterday at a news conference with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Murtha said the incidents of prisoner abuse in Iraq were a symptom of a problem in which U.S. troops in Iraq are undermanned, inadequately equipped and poorly trained.

"We either have to mobilize or we have to get out," Murtha said, adding that he supported increasing U.S. troop strength rather than pulling out.

I'm unsure what is exactly news here, other than the MSM see an opportunity to continue slamming Bush. And one of his statements doesn't appear to be true:

Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence.
What does he mean by "have become"? Was there a time since we invaded Iraq that our troops were not the primary target? Didn't a Muslim wedding just get ripped apart in Jordan? Isn't the most dangerous place to be in Iraq is anywhere near a police or military recruiting site?

It appears to me the primary targets in Iraq are now Iraqis attempting to build a new country.

The Community Voice has more:
The fact of the matter is the Murtha story is a non-story. It's designed to help the Democrats opposed to the war or Democrats trying to score points with the radical and French wings of their party. It's designed to throw out statements opposed to speeches given by Bush and Cheney.


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