The Murtha Plan For Iraq

Much has been written about the comments of Rep. John Murtha (D – PA), Ranking Member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and a decorated military veteran, at a Capitol Hill press conference today (transcript). Suffice it to say that I, and a large number of other people, disagree with his “cut and run” prescription.

Since I missed the initial coverage I wondered if the Congressman would be foolhardy enough to call for immediate withdrawal without some sort of “plan” for what to do in Iraq after a withdrawal of US troops. I don’t care what kind of decorated military veteran Murtha is, if he’s going to be taken seriously he better have a good plan for filling the vacuum he wants to create in Iraq with the elimination of the US military.

What pray tell is the Murtha plan? According to Google News his plan has received almost no coverage (2 hits), so this is nearly a Wizbang exclusive…

The resolution (at the end of this press release) he introduced in the House calls for redeployment of troops at “the earliest practicable date,” which was widely covered in the media. What was not reported are the points 2 and 3 of his plan, which are positively Clintonian…

A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the- horizon presence of U.S Marines shall be deployed in the region.

Think US troops in Kuwait enforcing from afar a “No Insurgency Zone.” Didn’t we try that for 12 years or so…?

And here’s the icing on the cake…

The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.

And there goes whatever air was left in Mutha’s credibility balloon…

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