Murtha & the Wimpy Dems want to Quit on Iraq?!?!?

It is shameful – a downright disgrace to democracy and American morality – for a congressional representative to talk down to the President and Vice President as John Murtha did yesterday.

The “Hawkish Democrat” tirade story of Rep. John Murtha has been all over the news & web – but everyone seems to be missing the point. Murtha said (video):

“I like guys who’ve never been there that criticize us who’ve been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don’t like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done,”

Murtha is referring to his decades spent as a marine with no regard to the fact that Bush and Cheney’s calling in the name of God and democracy would not come until later, in a much more macro sense. I mean, was Murtha doing his best to proliferate democracy and freedom throughouut the world?

Desert Rat all but takes the words right out of my mouth by stating the obvious: “We LOST THE WAR IN VIETNAM!! So don’t go casting slurs and throwing mud at anyone that wasn’t there with you, LOSING the war…”

What are the dems smoking by baselessly faulting the Pres and VP for a war which they approved. And, behind their backs, no less, with Bush being halfway around the world in China, and Cheney is in an undisclosed location guarding our constitution and its laurels for modern democracy with his life from this hapless partisan slander.

Am I the only one who hears Speaker Hastert when he makes it clear: “We must not cower like European nations who are now fighting terrorists on their soil.”

Just watch, I betcha if these crazy dems continue building momentum on their unfounded theories and pussyfooted blame game, we DO get attacked! And in some tree-filled park in San Francisco, no less, where all those commie blue-bloods think they’re SAFE. They’re NOT, and their naivete is endangering US ALL!

Lemme tell ya, Cheney was being EASY on Murtha when he compared him to Michael Moore. I’d say he’s more like Castro – even BEFORE all the Parkinsons! To Joshua Micah Marshall, who has the gall to suggest that the Republicans might be “joking” with their remarks, I’ve got this: are you K-I-D-D-I-N-G me?!?!?

I’m not ALL against Democrats, in fact, some of my closest friends voted for Clinton (in 1996), but I think we’ve just got to COME TOGETHER already, andn help bring democracy to the middle East. After all, we’re ONE nation under God, not two, and in lieu of God’s presence, we at least have a president that’s been personally approved by the big man himself.

I’ll leave with a segment, not from FOXnews, but Today show. The video is here. Rene Syler:

An influential Democratic congressman with close ties to the military says U.S. troops in Iraq have done their duty, and now it’s time for them to come home. But Republicans are calling that surrender!

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I can’t help but wonder if that’s the FRENCH flag he is standing in front of!!!???!!!

Pentagon on White Phosphorus: No… Meaning Yes

The Pentagon on Monday denied using white phosphorus in Iraq. The next day, they admitted that it had been used against insurgents in Fallujah.

Today’s UK Independent has full coverage of this and other recent cover-ups in U.S. military operations.

The most sickening aspect of this is that by at first denying the charges, the government appears to be concealing the worst. It seems American media has become afraid to break stories such as these and the CIA secret prison story   only two weeks ago. And now, we realize that it REALLY might be for the best interests of the U.S. image abroad to NOT publish such article with the assumption that the Pentagon is already familiar with the top news of the day in Europe and elsewhere.

The alarm sounded early this week in the Pentagon and they issued a flat-out denial of using white phosphorous for anything other than as a smoke-screen. Astute bloggers jumped on this topic, and uncovered whether it was anti-Americanism, or justified broke earlier last week in Europe after the broadcast by RAI in Italy and then Sky (doesn’t Murdoch own sky)?

WP is not a chemical weapon, but as the Independent explains, it is against Article 35 of the Geneva Conventions to use weapons that cause “superfluous or unneccesary suffering.” The Conventional Weapons Convention bans the use of WP:

against military targets “inside a concentration of civilians except when such military objective is clearly separated from the concentration of civilians”.

The Pentagon’s denial, then admittance of the use of WP forced even coalition allies to retract statements that they had made

The Pentagon needs a Public Relations professional. In today’s world of blogger’s and transparency of any public documents, getting caught in a lie can be fatal. The use of WP in Fallujah had already been written about in the military rag Field Artillery (.pdf) as I pointed out over a week ago.

Despite whatever implications the U.S. government and military may face regarding the use of white phosophorous as an incendiary device, (CNN tonight says they are investigating the use of WP as a “chemical weapon,” which we already know is not how it is classified – it is thermally activated) considerable damage has already been done to the country’s program in Iraq, especially the accountability of the Pentagon.

If only they would stop trying cover all of the bases defensively and get proactive. If this is nation-building abroad, it is surely at the expense of the nation at home. Today, Sunni’s describe the torture endured at prison camps that were until this week unknown to U.S. troops. Meanwhile, they are not trusting Shi’ite leadership in investigating the shi’ite run prisons. Sounds like Iraqi leadership is taking a page out of our own book of “how to investigate yourself” democracy. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh published an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal slamming the government for avoiding a probe] into Able Danger. And Robert Scheer in his debut column at his new home, the SF Chronicle, repeated his shout for and end to flat-out white lies.

Perhaps once again the media is frightened of WHAT ELSE we may find out if we press the issue of the recently released DITSUM No. 044-02 Defense Intelligence Agency Report, which claims:

The Bush administration’s key evidence for the apocryphal Osama bin Laden-Saddam Hussein alliance — said by Bush to involve training in the use of weapons of mass destruction — was built upon the testimony of a prisoner who, according to the DIA, was probably “intentionally misleading the debriefers.”

The Public is ahead – and just imagine where the government must stand now in the eyes of the world. Curtain call to Hawkish Dem. John P. Murtha for producing today’s Seismic Shift in Congress:

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.

I will try not to vomit while I read for you the reaction from our Speaker of the House Dennis J. Hastert’s (R – IL) blog:

[Murtha and the Democrats] would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the President is on foreign soil.

Gimme a break – we’re in this together. Now, let’s work on cleaning up this mess!

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The Pull-Out Technique

Tuesday on the Sean Hannity show (I skimmed the DoD transcript) Donald Rumsfeld predicted that the Iraqi insurgency will diminish after the December elections because “what the terrorists will be doing at that stage is attacking the Iraqi Constitution which was fashioned by the Iraqi people and an Iraqi government that was elected under the Iraqi Constitution, and they won’t be against coalition people.”

So the war is nearly over?

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SECRETARY RUMSFELD: Oh, sure. Let me — No, let me rephrase it. First of all, I don’t know what war you’re talking about.

HANNITY: I’m talking about the war in Iraq.

SECRETARY RUMSFELD: Okay, if you’re talking about Iraq — The Global War on Terror I regret to say is going to go on for some time because of the advantage that a terrorist has in being able to attack and the difficulty of defending against attacks at any location at any moment of the day or night.

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Which makes me wonder, Mr. Love ’em then leave ’em, what might change with the news today regarding the discovery by U.S. troops of up to 200 Sunnis at a secret prison of which there are said to be more?

Prime Minister (of course the deputy PM Ahmed Chalabi met with Rummy the night before as some in the administration “still believe that there were WMD“) Ibrahim al-Jafaari:

I was informed that there were 173 detainees held at an Interior Ministry prison and they appear to be malnourished. There is also some talk that they were subjected to some kind of torture.”

While there are several warring militia in the region, it is said that the most feared of them all, the Wolf Brigade (a Shi’ite dominated militia) are hosts of these prisons, according to an article in Wednesday’s Independent which also includes “an American official” uttering: “It is getting more and more like Mogadishu every day.”

And this will stop as soon as the elections are over?

For the first time since the invasion of Iraq, a timetable has officially been brought into play regarding Coalition troops withdrawal. Last week, after the UN unanimously approved a resolution giving a mandate for forces to remain for another year, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, followed by Condoleezza Rice and Kofi Annan, made secret visits to Baghdad.

Last Thursday, Straw told al-Jafaari that he hoped UK troops would make a swift withdrawal. The next day, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani went on television and warned that immediate removal of the 8,000 British troops in Iraq would be a catastrophe, but that within one year, “Iraqi troops will be ready to replace British forces in the south.”

British PM Tony Blair is now with Defense Secretary John Reid and General Sir Mike Jackson, head of the British Army, who confirmed over the weekend that the timetable announced by Talabani is “entirely consistent with our aims.”

Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwaffaq Rubaie told reporters in Cairo that 30,000 troops will be withdrawn by the middle of 2006 after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday.

In Tuesday’s New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof guesses that the best bet is to give a timetable for withdrawal. He quotes a member of the Iraqi media:

The Americans said that they came to overthrow Saddam Hussein,” she said. “They did so and Saddam Hussein is gone, and they are still there. So they are there for their own reasons” – she was apparently alluding to stealing oil and setting up bases.

Rumsfeld took a Churchillian take on this in his Defense Department Briefing Tuesday, channelling the WWII Prime Minister (Rummy read Winston’s bio Monday night), whose dilemma “was not winning the war, but rather persuading people to allow him to win it.”

It goes without saying that a timetable IS mandatory – one can’t carry on with the mantra: “Stay the course,” when there clearly is none.

Truth is, the situation in Iraq may take a turn for the worst when and if we leave.

But, as a recent editorial in the Arab News asks, “can conditions in Iraq in fact get any worse if the coalition withdraws?”