Sunday, November 20, 2005

When is "immediate redeployment" not "immediate redeployment"?

Answer: when gutless Democrats are trying to avoid making a clear statement of their intentions on the Iraq war.

The whining that Roll Call 608 misrepresents the views of the Democrats and Congressman Murtha's viewpoint is pathetic.

The Bill title was: " Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."

This accurately reflects Congressman Murtha's views as recorded on his own website:

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. All of Iraq must know that Iraq is free. Free from United States occupation. I believe this will send a signal to the Sunnis to join the political process for the good of a “free” Iraq.

My plan calls:

To immediately redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces.
To create a quick reaction force in the region.
To create an over- the- horizon presence of Marines.
To diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq


Or in other words, US troops will leave Iraq immediately for some unspecified "over-the-horizon" location.

Now compare this to Congressman Murtha's own Resolution

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That:

Section 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date.

Section 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S Marines shall be deployed in the region.

Section 3 The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.


Murtha's Resolution calls for redeployment out of Iraq "at the earliest practicable date". His actual views, stated on his website, are that US forces should "immediately redeploy" out of Iraq.

It's not Roll Call 608 that misrepresents Congressman Murtha's views, it's his own Resolution!

Of course, this is yet another example of the gutless Democrats trying to cover all the angles and avoid actually taking a position. This has been made necessary by the Party's movement towards the left. They now have to try and somehow keep the moveon.org/Michael Moore crowd happy, while simultaneously trying to disguise the political positions this makes necessary from the mainstream American voter.

In fact, the only members of the Democratic Party who diserve any respect in this whole episode are the three who voted "yes" to the Bill. They are wrong, but at least they have the guts to make their position known.

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