Thursday, November 17, 2005

Murtha and Dems Call for Surrender

From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON - One of Congress' most hawkish and influential Democrats called Thursday for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, sparking bitter and personal salvos from both sides in a growing Capitol Hill uproar over President Bush's war policies.

"It's time to bring them home," said Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record), a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, choking back tears during remarks to reporters. "Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty."
It's grotesquely ironic that Murtha, a Vietnam veteran, is espousing the same sort of cowardly political expedience that Congress used to lose the victory achieved by US troops in Vietnam. Few people realize that South Vietnam fell because US politicians chose to withdraw aid from its government. The military victory had been achieved. Nixon, Kissinger, and Congress consigned the Vietnamese to the tender mercies of the Communists. Murtha would now repeat that tragic mistake in Iraq.

While this may be a winning strategy for Democrats politically, it's a disastrous one for our country. After defeating Saddam Hussein decisively (and without the "tens of thousands of bodybags" predicted by the Left) Murtha would have us pull out immediately. Excellent. Tell every terrorist in the world that they were correct, that Americans don't have the guts to finish the job. Invite them to visit Manhattan again.

As for Murtha's attempted argument from authority, essentially trying to say that anyone who isn't a combat veteran isn't entitled to an opinion - with respect sir, blow me. I've heard that specious, insulting false argument before. Murtha's veteran status doesn't confer any special understanding of global politics on his part. Nor any special relationship with death, nor even with risking all for another person, and using that argument is a form of intellectual cowardice that is simply shameful, ex-Marine or no.

Update: Others not yet ready to surrender: Rusty Shackelford at The Jawa Report, Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters, James Joyner at Outside the Beltway, and protein wisdom.