December 06, 2005
Hello Murtha, hello fodder
Too good to pass up from Mickey Kaus, here we have the Hon. Rep. Jack Murtha on ABC's This Week:
[T]here's a civil war going. We're caught in between a civil war right now. Our troops are the targets of the civil war. They're the only people that could have unified the various factions in Iraq. And they're unified against us. --ABC's This Week, 12/4/05
[W]hy should I believe what the CIA says about what's happening in Iraq, that there's going to be a civil war? First of all, al Qaeda was wrong. It was wrong on the nuclear stuff. It was wrong on everything they have said over there. So why should I believe that there's going to be a civil war? --same show, a few moments later.
[T]he military won a military victory. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. ...[snip] ... Now, it's got to be a political win. They have to win this politically. The Iraqis themselves. We'll stay there forever. The Iraqis are never going to say turn it over. We can't allow them to say when it's gonna turn it over. --This Week, 12/4/05
You're gonna see the Iraqis clamoring. Listen, anybody we support in Iraq loses the election. And so they're gonna be clamoring for us to get out. --same show, a few moments later.
So there's a civil war going on right now, but Murtha doesn't believe those who say that withdrawal would lead to civil war. And the Iraqis will never ask us to leave at the same time they're demanding we leave. Bear in mind, again, that all of these statements were made on the same show. The only consistent message is "whatever the Administration does is wrong."
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