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Rep. Murtha Calls for 'Immediate Redeployment' of U.S. Troops In Iraq
By Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising
Now Rep. Pelosi Must Lead Democrats, Republicans Must Separate from Bush
For months, those of us who work Capitol Hill on the Iraq War have heard that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the leader of the Democratic Party in the House, could not go further on anti-war efforts because the right flank of the Democratic Party was not speaking out against the war. We were always told the key Democrat to watch was Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) a national security Democrat who is the senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a leader on military policy who every week visits wounded service personnel at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington or at the Bethesda naval hospital in suburban Maryland.
The 73 year old Murtha, who has served three decades in Congress, was perhaps the strongest supporter of the war among Democrats when the war began, summarized his views in the first paragraph of a speech given on November 17, 2005:
“The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.