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WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Murtha today said he saw signs of military progress during a brief trip to Iraq last week, but he warned that Iraqis need to play a larger role in providing their own security and the Bush administration still must develop an exit strategy.
"I think the 'surge' is working," the Democrat said in a videoconference from his Johnstown office, describing the president's decision to commit more than 20,000 additional combat troops this year. But the Iraqis "have got to take care of themselves."
Originally posted by Animal
i am a progressive, liberal, tree hugging, dream pooping democrat. i must say that i am happy to know that the republicans are going to loose out this time around because i think some things that have been changed should be fixed. i must clarify that although i despise the current form of the republicans in power, i have much respect for the party in its more pure form. the winning is not about us vrs them but one for all, all for one. the two party system (although lacking in depth and scope) is important so that we can continually balance each other out. anyway i digress. salutations, Animal
Originally posted by Animal
i disagree. the one line you posted from murtha is slightly out of context because it was only PART of what he was talking about...
"I think the surge is working but that's only one element. It's working because of the increase in troops," he said, "but the thing that has to happen is that the Iraqis have to do this themselves..."
"The impression I got was that the central government was pretty close to dysfunctional"
[edit on 30-11-2007 by Animal]
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
reply to post by centurion1211
But if you talk just about the surge, its success still doesn't mean anything. In order for the surge to mean anything, the rest of the war has to be succeeding as well.
So in effect, Animal just proved he knows more about warfare than you.
Before you persecute me for being a liberal Democrat, understand I'm a paleoconservative registered Republican. And many who fit in the same category know the war has been lost.
Congressional Democrats are reporting a striking change in districts across the country: Voters are shifting their attention away from the Iraq war.
Rep. Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee, said not a single constituent has asked about the war during his nearly two-week long Thanksgiving recess. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, an anti-war Democrat from Massachusetts, said only three of 64 callers on a town hall teleconference asked about Iraq, a reflection that the war may be losing power as a hot-button issue in his strongly Democratic district.
Originally posted by centurion1211
U.S. Representative Murtha (Dem - PA) a military veteran and outspoken critic of the Iraq war now says the "surge" is working according to an article printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Violence in Iraq is down sharply and Democrats now see the war being taken from them as a campaign issue by the apparent success of the Bush administration's latest military tactics.
That the surge is working to quell the violence in Iraq is good news for the Iraqi people and the U.S. soldiers stationed there, but bad news for Democrats and others against the war that were hoping to make the war a huge campaign issue for the coming elections.
[edit on 11/30/2007 by centurion1211]