Every time we have cut-and-run from a seemingly difficult situation involving radical and/or ruthless totalitarian/fascist/militant groups, we have paid the price for such withdrawals with greater death and destruction at the hands of these groups, or those like them.
Murtha wants us to repeat the mistake made in Somalia when we pulled out before the job was done, giving the Islamofascist Pinheads the impression that we couldn't stomach a fight. That action led directly to the attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Mozambique, the bombing of the USS Cole, and then the attacks on 9/11. He seems to believe that repeating that particular mistake when it comes to Iraq will somehow keep us safe. It seems he is intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, making sure that all of the effort, all of the sacrifices made to rid Iraq of a brutal dictatorship and bring democracy to Iraqis should be in vain. He wants a repeat of what we did to Vietnam – abandoning the people under our protection and leaving them vulnerable to the mercies of those who have no mercy.
This is not the action of someone looking out for the American people. This is the action of a collaborator, someone more sympathetic to the enemy than to their own countrymen, despite their protestations to the contrary.
Murtha's kindred spirit, John Kerry looks like he wants to do the same thing. But the Senate slapped him down, letting him know that they are not amused.
Over in the Senate, meanwhile, former Democratic standard bearer John Kerry was embarrassed Thursday when Republican Mitch McConnell offered for a vote on the floor the text of a withdrawal resolution that Mr. Kerry had been promoting. Democrats cried foul and helped reject the resolution by 93-6. But the vote was useful for exposing Democrats who say the U.S. should leave Iraq but don't want to be responsible for the consequences of their proposal.
Responsible for their actions and the consequences of those actions? My goodness, the Dems can't have that!
Should the lose-at-any-cost Dems ever get their way and force premature withdrawal of US armed forces from Iraq, they will of course feel they've done their duty, though it could be millions of Iraqis who will pay the price for such a stupid action. Somehow I doubt those same Democrats will feel any responsibility for delivering the Iraqi people into the hands of militant Islamists or unrecalcitrant Ba'athists.