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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Murtha's second act

On NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday, Rep. John Murtha repeated his call for "redeploying" U.S. troops from Iraq with something new -- and disturbing to fellow Democrats. Asked by moderator Tim Russert about sites for redeployment, Murtha replied: "We can go to Okinawa. ... We can redeploy there almost instantly."

When Russert expressed doubt about "a timely response" from Okinawa to meet a Middle East crisis, the 16-term congressman from western Pennsylvania and new national security spokesman for his party stumbled: "Well, it -- you know, they -- when I say Okinawa, I, I'm saying troops in Okinawa. When I say a timely response, you know, our fighters can fly from Okinawa very quickly. And -- and -- when they don't know we're coming."

In fact, a Pentagon spokesman says it would take "under a month" to prepare and send a 4,500-man Marine Expeditionary Force 6,000 nautical miles from Okinawa to Bahrain and then 600 more miles to Baghdad.

Robert Novak

Well, well, well. It looks like lambasting opponents without military service in their backgrounds for having the temerity to speak up on military matters just achieved that most sacred of standings in the Congress: bipartisanship.

I think it's just hilarious that the Democrats, desperate for someone, anyone with some military gravitas have landed on this senile old fool. I've seen a couple of clips of Murtha on the floor of the House. His rhetoric consists almost solely of "None of you wimps have ever been in combat and I have so shut up and do what I say!"

Things have gotten so dicey for the Democrats lately that The Beast in Pants Suits had to hold forth yesterday. She was taking the Republicans to task, not for the fact that they support the war, because she nominally supports it as well, but for the way in which they were going about supporting it. Leave it to a Clinton to approach it from that angle. Of course, the anti-war left doesn't do too well at paying attention or remembering things, so they probably thought she was speaking out against the war.


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