Friday, June 09, 2006


By Greg Tinti

Here's some irony for you. John Murtha was the first person to run in front of the cameras, quote his "sources," and assign blame to Marines for the alleged incident in Haditha--saying that the Marines had murdered innocent civilians in "cold blood." No investigation necessary. Now, when U.S. troops have scored a major victory in Iraq, taking out the #1 terrorist there, the troops don't deserve the credit:

In a Thursday morning interview with CNN’s Carol Lin, Rep John Murtha (D-PA) said that he wasn’t sure US troops deserved credit for Zarqawi’s death. Instead, he reiterated that the US cannot win the Iraq war and that we should bring the troops home.

Lin said that this was "a very big day for this administration” and then asked Murtha: “Is it fair to say that this attack and the killing of Al-Zarqawi wouldn't have happened if US troops were not on the ground?"

Refusing to give President Bush or US troops credit, Murtha responded: "I'm not sure about that. I'm not sure they couldn't have done it from the outside. If it's as portrayed, it was a bomb that killed him from the air, so I'm not sure about that."

Lin continued: "Today was a winning strike, congressman. Is there a value to having US forces still in Iraq? What do you think would be a reasonable time-table? You once said six months." Instead of answering Lin's question, Murtha said: "We cannot win this. It's a civil war."

If this isn't proof of Murtha's agenda, I don't know what is.

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