Monday, September 17, 2007

Give 'em hell Murtha

Representative John Murtha gave a speech at the National Press Club (ironic seeing as how the press isn't sharing much of it). Here is what he had to say:

If you look back at what Napoleon learned in Spain, what the French learned
in Indo-China and Algeria, what the Soviets learned in Afghanistan,
and what the U.S. learned in Vietnam, the lessons of history are clear:
there is a limitation to military power.
Economic, political and diplomatic challenges must be solved.
They can’t be solved by military means and they shouldn’t be distorted by rhetoric.

Rhetoric, spin and slogans do not win wars.
Likewise, the war in Iraq will not be won with charts,
projections or sound bytes saying, "we will return on success."

The Administration claims we are witnessing another turning point in Iraq.
They claim progress is being made and now
depending upon the "conditions on the ground," more troops will come home.

But we have heard this before.
The same predictions were made with Saddam’s capture,
the adoption of the constitution, with national elections,
and with the capture and killing of several terrorists in Iraq.

A week ago on a Sunday talk show,
a reporter expounded on a personal moment
with the President in the White House when she
asked him, "Mr. President, how do you continue to
press forward when the war is so unpopular and
things seem to be going so wrong in Iraq?"
The President responded, "Because I am right."

Right about what Mr. President?
Right about weapons of mass destruction?
Right about Saddam’s involvement in 9-11?
Right about mission accomplished?
Right about thinking he could fight this war on the cheap?
Right at the ease at which Iraq could be transformed into a pillar of democracy?

How hard is it to learn from history? And how much longer can people in this country stand to be lied to, and insulted? I mean, really...
And here is the rest of it.

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