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Murtha blasts Republicans for name-calling

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October 15, 2006

Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who favors withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, wrote an essay for Sunday’s Washington Post blasting Republicans for referring to him and other Iraq war opponents as “Defeatocrats.”

In his opinion piece, first published on the Post’s Web site Saturday night, Murtha, D-Pa., said Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and others in the White House have called Iraq war opponents appeasers and pessimists and labeled Democrats the “cut and run” party.

“It’s all baseless name-calling, and it’s all wrong,” Murtha wrote. “Unless, of course, being a Defeatocrat means taking a good hard look at the administration’s Iraq policy and determining that it’s a failure.

“In that case, count me in. Because Democrats recognize that we’re headed for a far greater disaster in Iraq if we don’t change course _ and soon. This is not defeatism. This is realism.”

Murtha, a military hawk and close confidant of top military officials, surprised Washington last year when he called for pulling all troops out of Iraq within months.

At a GOP fundraiser in Milwaukee last month, Cheney accused Murtha of advocating a policy of retreat in the war against terrorism.

In the Post essay, Murtha wrote: “Democrats are fighting a war on two fronts: One is combating the spin and intimidation that defines this administration. The other is fighting to change course, to do things better, to substitute smart, disciplined strategy for dogma and denial in Iraq.

“That’s not defeatism. That’s our duty,” Murtha wrote.


© 2006 The Associated Press

22 Responses to Murtha blasts Republicans for name-calling

  1. Ted

    October 17, 2006 at 1:59 am

  2. Wayne K Dolik

    October 17, 2006 at 3:36 am

  3. liz

    October 15, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    I am tired of all the name calling as well.I used to just be an American,but I have acquired a whole string of labels for my thinking under the Bush Adminstration. Trouble is the only thing that changed was my ENTIRE country, as if Rove and Bush suicided America.

  4. Phil

    October 15, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    This might be encouraging, except that Murtha’s idea of “smart, disciplined strategy” is still to subjugate and plunder the nation a different way.

  5. Dave

    October 15, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    So; exactly how is Murtha plundering the nation? Some ppeoples crimes can go unmentioned yet realized, but in Murtha’s case maybe not. So bear witness or shut up.

  6. Ted

    October 15, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Phil

    When considering leadership and military matters, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld aren’t qualified to carry John Murtha’s underwear. Neither are you!

  7. Dave

    October 16, 2006 at 2:25 am

    The was a “rumor” floating around Pennsylvania that John Murtha’s original out burst on Iraq was a blind feeler to test his Presidential chances. Don’t know if there is any truth in this but the reaction obviously discouraged any intentions he may have had.

    Dave
    Mountaineer, not a hilbilly

  8. Dan

    October 16, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    If more people in a position of leadership had spoken up earlier and more forcefully, and the House & Senate actually did their job of oversight of the Executive branch, then perhaps we wouldn’t seem to be falling down this bottomless pit of despair & apathy in this country and what is quickly becoming a global hatred of people from the USA.

    At least Murtha had served in the military at a time of war. The people who are “running” this war all managed to find convienient ways of dodging service to the country they are now running into the ground.

    And for what? There is not one definitive answer for why we are in Iraq!

    It all started with a shady election in 2000 and like turds in the toilet, has been spiralling down the drain ever since

  9. Jean

    October 16, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    You’d almost think that the Bush administration *wants* to fail and stay as long as possible in Iraq.

    You see, the longer the US is in Iraq, the more money Bush contributors make from the conflict.

    So what good reason would they have to leave? It’s a wonderful money machine…

  10. Lou Raskin

    October 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    The small minded amongst us relate to the Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh one liners defining those with a different view in nasty terms.

    Long overdue, many of those minds are showing a glimpse of relating to reality, thereby moving beyond framing slogans.

  11. Phil

    October 16, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    So; exactly how is Murtha plundering the nation?

    Huh?

    Nobody said Murtha himself was plundering the nation. But you may recall, one of Don Rummy’s pitches in the run-up to the war was that it wouldn’t cost the US a thing; ‘we’ would just pay for it using the resources we would steal from Iraq. No one, including Murtha, objected to that. Funny.

    When considering leadership and military matters, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld aren’t qualified to carry John Murtha’s underwear. Neither are you!

    Who was talking about military matters? I’m talking about the ultimate goal. Murtha still supports the war; he doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with committing the ultimate war crime and using force to keep other countries like Iraq under US control. His only beef is with how it’s been handled. What this conflict needs isn’t a re-examination of the methods, it needs a complete abandonment of the US’s goals in the first place. Otherwise there’ll never be peace.

  12. Ted

    October 17, 2006 at 1:59 am

    Phil-
    Try the first sentence of the article:

    “Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who favors withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq,…….”

    or if you still don’t get the military connection try reading the 4th paragraph:

    “Because Democrats recognize that we’re headed for a far greater disaster in Iraq”

    Is the current situation in Iraq a military matter or am I missing something here?……WTF???????

  13. Wayne K Dolik

    October 17, 2006 at 3:36 am

    http://38.118.217.133/lie_die_criscenzo.html

    New lie and Die video by Jeeni Criscenzo. More liars everywhere in republican land. Featuring a rubber stamp republican.

  14. liz

    October 15, 2006 at 1:36 pm

  15. Phil

    October 15, 2006 at 4:32 pm

  16. Dave

    October 15, 2006 at 5:40 pm

  17. Ted

    October 15, 2006 at 9:05 pm

  18. Dave

    October 16, 2006 at 2:25 am

  19. Dan

    October 16, 2006 at 2:57 pm

  20. Jean

    October 16, 2006 at 3:53 pm

  21. Lou Raskin

    October 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

  22. Phil

    October 16, 2006 at 7:51 pm