A staunch supporter of the Iraq war for years, Rep. John Murtha's shocking reversal yesterday was the result of years of deep introspection and a growing anger over being lied to by the Bush regime. I would have preferred a call for an unconditional surrender of all U.S. forces currently engaged in any non-UN approved acts of aggression, but the square-jawed congressman's weepy, hand-wringing oratory went above and beyond the sort of hopeless defeatism one would normally expect from a battle-hardened Marine. Indeed, the hawkish, flinty-eyed maverick’s demand for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq truly exemplifies the Marine Corps motto, “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!"
Not suprisingly, Dick “Five Deferments” Cheney wasted no time calling this great American hero an unpatriotic coward. The same ChickenDick who had better things to do than kill babies, burn villages, and rape cattle in the fashion of Jingus Khan has the unmitigated gall to disagree with a towering giant of a man who spent 37 years in our beloved, yet Quran-mishandling military.
The opinion of those who wore the uniform is above criticism, as long as it is a liberal opinion and decidedly anti-Bush. Ironguts Murka is no spineless yes-man like Zell Miller, though. He’s not a paid stooge like Tommy Franks, who deserves nothing but ridicule and scorn from those who spent Vietnam ingesting large amounts of LSD and running around the Berkeley campus naked. No, it takes a man of true courage to buck conventional wisdom and risk his career by repeating what progressives and Al Qaeda have been saying since the war began: America cannot win, and should retreat while it still has a chance. John Murfa is such a man, and despite his distinguished military career he deserves our respect.
If he threw a couple of jabs at Israel, he’d probably be up for a Nobel as well.