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Turkey, Chicken Or Crow For Thanksgiving?

Congressman John 'Jack' Murtha (D-PA), who originally voted to support the war in Iraq, has now called for the immediate withdrawal of our troops.

I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice that the United States will immediately redeploy. All of Iraq must know that Iraq is free. Free from United States occupation.

In closing Congressman Murtha said:

Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME.

Taking exception to the proposal by Congressman Murtha, White House spokesman Scott McClellan, responded Thursday:

Congressman Murtha is a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America. So it is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party.

The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists.

The outcry over those remarks could be heard all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. John Kerry said it was "the lowest form of smear and fear politics." Other terms used to describe the comments ranged from dismal and pathetic, to disgusting, while another said it was "as low as you can get."

Then today, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) relayed a message from Marine Corps Reserve officer and State Representative from Ohio, Colonel Danny Bubp (R-West Union, OH) to Congressman Murtha which said in part that we should 'stay the course' and went on to say "cowards cut and run, Marines never do." Unfortunately, Ms. Schmidt was forced to withdraw the remarks, regardless of how accurate, under threat of rebuke.

Lest the Democrats forget, the far-left bomb-thrower and noted America hater Michael Moore was an honored guest at the Democratic convention, sitting proudly next to former President Jimmy Carter. If Murtha was there at all, I'm sure he was up in the cheap seats so why are the Democrats so upset that he would be mentioned in the same breath as the great hero of the Democratic party, Mr. Moore.

Tonight in the House of Representatives a vote was held on Congressman Murtha's proposal just so that all those who feel that we should cut and run are able to go on record.

Ultimately, the Democrats in the House of Representatives did not have the courage to vote their convictions despite all their posturing. After a short debate during which Mr. Murtha took up most of the Democratic time reiterating his position and reading three letters from families of servicemen who were killed or injured in Iraq, only three lone Democrats could muster the courage to vote for the immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. The House of Representatives voted against the immediate withdrawal of our troops 403 to 3, with 6 courageous representatives voting present.

This Thanksgiving I hope the brave troops and all those who are proud of America's efforts to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan enjoy their turkey!

To those on the left who quietly wanted to vote for the resolution, but did not - Enjoy your chicken.

To the vocal supporters of Congressman Murtha who continue to undermine the war on terror and the troops, while not being able to vote their convictions - Eat crow.

Posted by Rick | November 18, 2005 03:12 PM

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