Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Murtha Rules

Today Zogby poll has amazing results about the Iraq War.

Remember how Murtha was castigated for calling for a phased withdrawal from Iraq? Remember he was called a coward on the floor of the House by a lunatic freshman Republican? Remember even Democrats distancing themselves from his views (not hard to remember, since they are still doing it)?

Well, along comes Zogby with this finding:

"As the President delivers his annual State of the Union message, 55% of the voting public favors a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq, believing the U.S. has accomplished all it realistically can in the Middle Eastern nation."

That is exactly the Murtha position. It has gotten zero support from the opinion elites in Washington. Yet it is what the public believes. It also confirms another point Murtha made, that the public is way ahead of the politicians in this instance.


Anonymous said...

Here's President Bush's comment on this subject from his State of the Union speech:

The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels - but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C.

Any disagreements?

A careful reader said...

That comment was from...

Guy Noir said...

Yes, I disagree, because he's a lying sack of @#$@$. There have been numerous reports of military commanders believing we didn't have enough troops at the outset. And Paul Bremer, in his new book, admits that he pleaded for more troops. But these entreaties were rejected by the "politicians in Washington," most particularly Rumsfeld. Furthermore, if you believe, as Murtha has said and we now know the Iraqi people believe, that the presence of our troops is increasing the violence, the strategy outlined above is doomed to fail.

A careful reader said...

Hmmm...maybe that "Angry Left" moniker isn't just something made up by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!

Brown Cowgirl said...

As long as the troops are there GWB can use his favorite line that people questioning the administration or protesting the war will "send the wrong message abroad and endanger our troops."

A pawn is only good if it's on the board.