Skipping my normal Friday night lineup of favorite television shows, I remained glued to C-Span on Nov. 18 from 6:30 pm until almost midnight as the US House of Representatives put on a show that alternatively shocked, embarrassed, elated, and ultimately pleased me greatly.
First, please let us lay lie to the upcoming Democratic talking points next week that will moan and complain that the Republican proposal was not the same as the one Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) originally proposed. Much more on this alleged military loyalist Murtha later. In Murtha’s own words:
The United States will immediately redeploy — immediately redeploy. No schedule which can be changed, nothing that’s controlled by the Iraqis, this is an immediate redeployment of our American forces because they have become the target...My plan calls for immediate redeployment of US troops (consistent with the safety of US forces).
Indeed Murtha's proposal, introduced with great hoopla this past Thursday, was for immediate "redeployment" of our troops from Iraq, and don't let the Democrats tell you otherwise.
As the hours ticked past, I heard Democrat after Democrat complain that the Republican proposal then up for vote was not the same as Murtha's.
They were madder then wet hens, folks. Their anger was palpable. The picture below shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and indeed she was ready to join "Heaven's Gate."
It's just not right. It's not right now, it wasn't right yesterday and it won't be right tomorrow. It is wrong that political players, in this case the Democrats, get to go out on the international stage and lie that the president, whom they characterize as totally dumb, lied and fooled them and this nation into war in Iraq. Imagine: a dumb president managed to fool every one of them.
Murtha's proposal, presented to the public and hyped by the mainstream media with great frenzy was, well, it wasn't really serious. It was only a political ploy. Egads, don't you get it?
Meanwhile our soldiers sleep in grainy sand in hot and almost inhumane conditions, fighting for victory, and well on their way to winning, never mind the lies and spittle emanating from the mouths of the mainstream media and the Democrats. And the Democrats: They're the same politicians who voted to send them there out and about. Now they proclaim that the president's lies sent the toops there. By implication, those soldiers are fighting an illegal war.