A simple excerpt from his speech:
"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"
Simple excerpts from what President Bush and his friends are saying in response to Murtha:
Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said that it is "baffling that [Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha] is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party...The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists."
Senator Bill Frist (R-TN): "Some have even suggested that we cut and run, and leave Iraq to the terrorists. This position is so thoughtless, irresponsible, and dangerous, I can only believe its proponents are counting on the rest of us to do the right thing and bury it...The fact is the American people are hanging firm. "
Vice President of Terror Dick Cheney: "The president and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone -- but we're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history."
Rep. Sam Johnson, (R-TX), a 29-year Air Force veteran who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for nearly seven years, called Murtha’s position unconscionable and irresponsible. “We’ve got to support our troops to the hilt and see this mission through,” he said.
Said House Speaker Dennis Hastert: “They want us to retreat. They want us to wave the white flag of surrender to the terrorists of the world.”In an exchange between FOX talk show chatterbox Sean Hannity and General Wesley Clark...
Maybe we all need to take a step back and actually READ Rep. Murtha's actual words, unfiltered by CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. And unfetered by the untruths being spouted by you-know-who.
Representative John Murtha (D-PA), November 17, 2005