Rep. Jack Murtha has moved from irresponsible to dangerous when he recommended a Somalia-style pullout from Iraq on CNN’s The Situation Room:
MURTHA: The thing that disturbed me and worries me about this whole thing is we can’t get them to change direction. And I said over and over in debate, if you listen to any of it, in Beirut President Reagan changed direction, in Somalia President Clinton changed direction, and yet here, with the troops out there every day, suffering from these explosive devices, and being looked at as occupiers — 80 percent of the people want us out of there — and yet they continue to say, “We’re fighting this thing.” We’re not fighting this. The troops are fighting this thing. That’s who’s doing the fighting.
As Sweetness and Light notes, the 9/11 Commission found that Clinton’s retreat in Somalia may have inspired Osama Bin Laden’s 9/11 attacks because our pullout made us look weak and conquerable. Our pullout from Somalia wasn’t a change in strategy as Murtha tried to paint it in his interview.
Rep. Murtha insists that the only correct strategy for Iraq is to retreat from Iraq, an action that would again make our country and our military look like we are soft and not up to the task. Not only would Bin Laden and his al Qaeda cells get this message loud and clear, but Kim Jung Il of North Korea and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, two leaders who are working to attain nuclear weapons, would as well.
Bryan at Hot Air asks “when does it become legitimate to question not only Rep. Murtha’s patriotism, but his loyalty and even his sanity?”
Update: Senate Democrats are going to propose a resolution calling for the withdrawl of our forces from Iraq.
Update II: Uncle Jimbo and Blackfive reminds us that the reason Rep. Murtha is so proud of President Clinton’s retreat from Somalia is because he called for it.