Here at Wizbang we value political speech so much that we strive daily to give all sides a chance to speak for themselves. Dear readers, may I present the up and coming face of the Democrat party:
MIAMI — American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.
Murtha was the guest speaker at a town hall meeting organized by Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, D-Miami, at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Meek’s mother, former Rep. Carrie Meek, D-Miami, was also on the panel.
War veterans, local mayors, university students and faculty were in the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre to listen to the three panelists discuss the war in Iraq for an hour.
A former Marine and a prominent critic of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq, Murtha reiterated his views that the war cannot be won militarily and needs political solutions. He said the more than 100,000 troops in Iraq should be pulled out immediately, and deployed to peripheral countries like Kuwait.
If you believe the the U.S. military is more of a threat to world peace that a nuclear North Korea or Iran then by all means, please vote Democrat in 2006.
Update: There was a correction to the Sun Sent Story:
Correction: An article in Sunday’s editions misinterpreted a comment from U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., at a town hall meeting in North Miami on Saturday. In his speech, Murtha said U.S. credibility was suffering because of continued U.S. military presence in Iraq ,and the perception that the U.S. is an occupying force. Murtha was citing a recent poll, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, that indicates a greater percentage of people in 10 of 14 foreign countries consider the U.S. in Iraq a greater danger to world peace than any threats posed by Iran or North Korea.
What he actually said is unknown. It’s been reported that his press office has audio of it and won’t release it. Muthra complained his quote was out of context and the correction appears to back that to some dergee. What is unknown is -well- the context. If the Sun Sent reporter didn’t have audio to fall back on, they have no choice but to take Murtha at his word.
Murtha of course, could release the tape and put the whole thing to rest. Odd that he won’t.