John Murtha’s Plan For Iraq (Video)

Fight it from Okinawa:

MR. ROVE: Congressman Murtha said, “Let’s redeploy them immediately to another country in the Middle East. Let’s get out of Iraq and go to another country.” My question is, what country would take us? What country would say after the United States cut and run from Iraq, what country in the Middle East would say, “Yeah. Paint a big target on our back and then you’ll cut and run on us.” What country would say that? What country would accept our troops?

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: What’s your response?

REP. MURTHA: There’s many countries understand the importance of stability in the Middle East. This is an international problem. We, we use 20 million barrels of oil a day. China’s the second largest user. All these countries understand you need stability for the energy supply that’s available in the Middle East. So there’s many, many countries.


REP. MURTHA: Kuwait’s one that will take us. Qatar, we already have bases in Qatar. So Bahrain. All those countries are willing to take the United States. Now, Saudi Arabia won’t because they wanted us out of there in the first place. So—and we don’t have to be right there. We can go to Okinawa. We, we don’t have—we can redeploy there almost instantly. So that’s not—that’s, that’s a fallacy. That, that’s just a statement to rial up people to support a failed policy wrapped in illusion.

MR. RUSSERT: But it’d be tough to have a timely response from Okinawa.

REP. MURTHA: Well, it—you know, they—when I say Okinawa, I, I’m saying troops in Okinawa. When I say a timely response, you know, our fighters can fly from Okinawa very quickly. And—and—when they don’t know we’re coming. There’s no question about it. And, and where those airplanes won’t—came from I can’t tell you, but, but I’ll tell you one thing, it doesn’t take very long for them to get in with cruise missiles or with, with fighter aircraft or, or attack aircraft, it doesn’t take any time at all. So we, we have done—this one particular operation, to say that that couldn’t have done, done—it was done from the outside, for heaven’s sakes.

Apparently adding “for heaven’s sakes” to any ridiculous argument precludes an interviewer from pursuing it further because Russert dropped this whopper of insanity like a hot potato. I’ll leave it to the experts to explain why this is so patently absurd but it’s just worth noting again, for any that missed it, that this guy wants to be majority leader if Democrats gain control of the House. Just something that Republicans thinking about staying home this fall might want to keep in mind so that we don’t end up fighting the War on Terror from the Moon.

In related Murtha posting, Jeff Goldstein really needs your help and Jim Hoft tackles all the errors in just the first two minutes of Murtha’s hot air alone.

UPDATE (James Joyner): Ian Schwartz has the video.

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  1. ken says:

    Murtha makes a lot of sense and most Americans agree with him.

    The war on Iraq was a mistake. We all know that now. So what do we do? Murtha and the Democrats are the only ones offering any reasonable plans.

  2. Jeff G says:

    Most Americans kept “Full House” on the air for nearly a decade.

    Food for though, Ken.

  3. Jeff G says:

    Or food for thought. Take your pick.

  4. mickey says:

    wrong, murtha makes no sense, and most americans these days dont agree with him.
    we`re gonna stay in iraq as long as W is President and we`ll probably be there longer.
    most of iraq wants a democracy;whats the alternative?
    if you listen to larry king/olbermann/cnn/gore/kerry, then I guess thats ‘most americans.’

  5. Mark says:

    So what do we do? Murtha and the Democrats are the only ones offering any reasonable plans.

    Retreating to Okinawa is a reasonable plan?

  6. Steve Verdon says:

    Most Americans kept â??Full Houseâ?? on the air for nearly a decade.

    Yeah, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” as well.

    Funny, last year polls showed that a slight majority of Americans opposed drilling in ANWR. I suppose if a new poll should that a majority favored drilling ken would agree whole heartedly.

    Nice selective use of the argument by popularity there ken.

  7. Herb says:

    There is an old saying that “It takes one to know one”

    In Ken and Martha’s case, neither recognize “Senility” when they see it.

    Murtha as well as Ken have amply demonstrated their preference for “Cowardice”

  8. ICallMasICM says:

    ‘Murtha makes a lot of sense ‘ as long as you don’t listen to him.

  9. McGehee says:

    Retreating to Okinawa is a reasonable plan?

    It is to Ken. ‘Nuff said.

  10. Dave Coullier says:

    Most Americans kept â??Full Houseâ?? on the air for nearly a decade.

    And we’d still be rockin’ if that slut Romjin hadn’ta dressed up in the blue paint and messed with Stamos’s mind.

    And don’t get me started on the Olsen twins. God! EAT A SANDWICH!

  11. Willie Ames says:

    You know what was a great show?

    Charles in Charge.

  12. spacemonkey says:

    ALF was better