John Murtha on War & Peace
Democratic Representative (PA-12)
Murtha, a former Marine and the first Vietnam veteran elected to Congress, had voted for the October 2002 resolution authorizing the president to use military force in Iraq.
“The war in Iraq is not going as advertised,” Murtha said. “It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.“ The military was suffering, he said on the House floor. Choking back tears, he added, ”Our military has done everything that has been asked of them. It is time to bring them home.“
Speaker Dennis Hastert asserted that Murtha and other Democrats had ”adopted a policy of cut and run. They would prefer that the US surrender to the terrorists.“ A Republican resolution cynically twisted Murtha’s proposal b calling for an immediate troop pullout. It was defeated, 403-3.
Proponents support voting YES because:
This war is a terrible tragedy, and it is time to bring it to an end. This is a straightforward bill to redeploy our military forces from Iraq and to end the war in Iraq. This bill does not walk away from the Iraqi people. It specifically continues diplomatic, social, economic, and reconstruction aid. Finally, this bill leaves all the decisions on the locations outside of Iraq to which our troops will be redeployed wholly in the hands of our military commanders.
Opponents support voting NO because:
This legislation embraces surrender and defeat. This legislation undermines our troops and the authority of the President as commander in chief. Opponents express concern about the effects of an ill-conceived military withdrawal, and about any legislation that places military decisions in the hands of politicians rather than the military commanders in the field. The enemy we face in Iraq view this bill as a sign of weakness. Now is not the time to signal retreat and surrender. It is absolutely essential that America, the last remaining superpower on earth, continue to be a voice for peace and a beacon for freedom in our shrinking world.
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