November 30, 2005
It's Official: House Democrats Are Cowards
Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) "came out."
She came out as a craven, an appeaser, a "cheese-eating surrender monkey." One might have thought, from the lopsided vote on cutting and running last week (403 to 3 against, and read all about it here), that the Democrats would at least maintain the facade of moral courage through the next election.
Evidently, that was a bit beyond their powers; for today, Pelosi announced that she now supports the Murtha Madness: an immediate withdrawal, commencing before the December 15th vote in Iraq, that would have all U.S. troops out of Iraq within six months... and to hell with what happens next!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday backed a call by Democratic Rep. John Murtha to quickly start the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
"I will be supporting the Murtha resolution,'' Pelosi said of Murtha's resolution calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq at the earliest practicable date.
Naturally, this being Reuters, they had to repeat the canard that John Murtha (D-PA) was a war hawk and a conservative:
Murtha, of Pennsylvania, is a decorated Vietnam veteran and one of Congress' most hawkish Democrats who had supported the Iraq war although he criticized President George W. Bush's handling of it.
The reality, as has been ably demonstrated by Captain Ed and by Paul at Power Line, is that John Murtha was always a fair weather feather. On those deployments that he deigns to support at all (he never supported the mission in Somalia, even back under Bush-41, when it was simply famine relief), he supports military involvement up until the moment we start taking casualties. Then he turns against the deployment and demands the boys be brought home.
Veterans for Common Sense notes that Murtha was already bad-mouthing the Iraq War six months before it even began [Kaus to Patterico to Big Lizards]. And in response to a Washington Post headline, the About-Face of a Hawkish Democrat, Captain Ed wrote:
But that isn't an "about-face" at all. Eighteen months earlier, in May 2004, Murtha had already started demanding that the US pull out of Iraq, although he did it outside of the halls of Congress. As Murray herself reports -- in the sixteenth paragraph -- he told CNN in an interview that further mobilization was impossible, and that made Iraq unwinnable. He started talking up a pullout eight months before the Iraqis held their first election, seventeen months before their constitutional plebescite, and nineteen months before their upcoming elections to elect their first permanent, constitutional republican government.
Even worse, Murray fails to do any research at all on her subject, accepting the Democratic-hawk line without question. Had Murray looked into Murtha's record, she would have found that the Pennsylvania Democrat has a record of only supporting military operations until the first casualties get reported. In fact, the only time prior to 9/11 that America's military faced off against terrorists and warlords in battle, Murtha demanded that Bill Clinton withdraw them immediately from Somalia -- and got what he wanted.
And now Nancy Pelosi has hitched the Democrats' wagon to the plummeting meteor of Jack Murtha. I suppose congratulations are in order: it's always astonishing when a Democrat is actually willing to come out and speak truth to cower!
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The following hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman
Maybe there is a difference between being
"one of Congress' most hawkish Democrats "
and being a "Hawk"?????????????
The above hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman at November 30, 2005 3:59 PM
The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday embraced a call by a prominent member of her rank-and-file to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, two weeks after she declined to endorse it.
W's speech today has clearly hurt the Dems. Flip-Flop John Kerry recently defined what the Democrat Party is about, and now we can move to Flip-Flop Nancy Pelosi.
Hillary has already done a Flip-Flop, and is now supposedly pro-Military...whilst also being rather silent on Iraq.
'Da Dem so-called 'lEaDeRsHiP' has already had a history of Flipping-Flopping when it came to America's National Security...see Daschle at the LA Time, and the article "Timing Entwined War Vote, Election".
Terrorists attacked the WTC in 1993...Abdul Rahman Yasin (one of the planners) fled to Iraq, and was given sanctuary there for years and even more years. Abdul Rahman Yasin no longer has sanctuary in Iraq.
War isn't about slowing it down, or asking the Privates and Grunts which battle they want to fight next. War is about sending your Privates and Grunts against the Enemy, and having your Privates and Grunts kill the enemy until the enemy surrenders unconditionally.
Before the battle in Afghanistan, the Dems and their MSM were claiming that "at least 5,000 body bags wound be needed in the first year"...they repeated the same for the battle in Iraq, and they all were wrong. People die in War, even when they don't want to die or fight. Just ask the almost 3,000 victims of 911 what they thought of their choice to die from burning to their death or jumping from the WTC to their death. Some choice, huh.
The Democrat Party needs to change its name, to the Flip-Flop Party...
The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist at November 30, 2005 4:48 PM
The following hissed in response by: hunter
I love that Poltroon Pelosi now wants what even Murtha did not have the guts to vote for: his own idea. Murtha was jsut after theft of momentum from Bush. He knows we are winning big time. He has spoken to the soldiers. But since he came out against the war 18 months ago, he can't admit it is victory. He wants to declare defeat so when the troops come home he can do to them what was done to his generation in Vietnam: kerry them into feeling abdly about their service.
Pelosi is just a cowardly worthless waste of a congressional seat and plastic surgeon's ongoing work.
The following hissed in response by: matoko kusanagi
Don't you wonder about the timing of this? The terrorists are stepping up civilian bombings and the dems increase their railing against the war--one would almost believe that they have mutual goals.
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
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The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at December 1, 2005 1:14 AM
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