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Murtha Speaks Loudly – Use the Sword to Cut & Run

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Congressman John Murtha’s press release calling for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq is no doubt being viewed by the insurgents as a victory, while at the same time with puzzlement and disbelief by our military currently deployed.

The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.

Fairly damning words that negates what has been achieved by the efforts and sacrifices of our military during this engagement. No acknowledgement of the removal of a dangerous despot and no mention of the freedoms that the Iraqi people have achieved through this “flawed policy.”

What strategic option, besides “cut and run,” is being offered by Murtha? Are the ramifications of his demand for an immediate withdrawal even being considered?

Establishing a plan and timetable for transferring more power and accountability to the Iraqis is a more reasonable, responsible approach than admonishments to disengage immediately. Congressman Murtha has managed in a few paragraphs to jeopardize national security more by omitting the risks associated with reducing our military presence at this pivotal time.

The irony is that by following Murtha’s recommendations, more lives could be placed at risk; more sacrifice and loss has the potential to occur by taking a reactive, tactical approach than the strategic approach that is so desperately needed at this point in time.