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IN MURTHA'S OWN WORDS ( We can defend Iraq from Okinawa )
Michelle Malkin ^ | June 18, 2006 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 06/19/2006 11:54:47 AM PDT by george76

Ian's got the video of Murtha on Meet The Press.

Transcript here.

After criticizing Karl Rove's "fat backside," Murtha put forth his fat-headed Okinawa plan:

MR. RUSSERT: You say redeploy. Again, Mr. Rove challenges that comment.

Let’s listen and give you again a chance to respond to the White House.

(Videotape, Monday):

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?

MR. RUSSERT: What’s your response?

REP. MURTHA... We can go to Okinawa.

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...

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1 posted on 06/19/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

What a maroon!


2 posted on 06/19/2006 11:56:44 AM PDT by bankwalker (An accusation is often a subconscious confession.)
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To: george76

Doesn't this man know we're reducing the number of Okinawa Marines ?


3 posted on 06/19/2006 11:56:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: george76; All

Oh he means OkainawArabia- an island off of Camel Hump! ya see! It's real close to Iraq (/sarcasm)


4 posted on 06/19/2006 11:58:53 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicans Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For the Same Reason!)
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To: george76
I used to think Katherine Baker Knoll, aka "Crazy Katherine", our Lt. Governor, was the biggest nutjob politician in PA.
Cut 'n Run Murtha has stolen her crown.
5 posted on 06/19/2006 11:59:17 AM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: george76

Looks like Murtha is helping the Irey campaign with video soundbites! She can just let the man speak for himself.


6 posted on 06/19/2006 11:59:24 AM PDT by RedRover (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Fire Murtha! http://www.irey.com/)
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To: george76

Why would Okinawa want to attack iraq?............


7 posted on 06/19/2006 11:59:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (Thread hi-jacking in progress. Everybody stay in your seats and no one will get hurt!...............)
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To: george76
This guy is now a certifiable Moonbat or fruit cake. Take your pick.
8 posted on 06/19/2006 12:00:00 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: RedRover

Oh I hope she gets this one on her website! It's priceless!


9 posted on 06/19/2006 12:00:09 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicans Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For the Same Reason!)
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To: george76

Scotty could beam them over.


10 posted on 06/19/2006 12:01:28 PM PDT by toddlintown
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To: george76
"IN MURTHA'S OWN WORDS ( We can defend Iraq from Okinawa )"



As Bugs Bunny would say: "what a maroon!"
11 posted on 06/19/2006 12:02:35 PM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Mexico: America's Palestine)
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To: george76

Wouldn't Okinawa a staging point for fighters if we had to, say, defend Thailand from China? I think that the need to fly over Indian airspace with the fighters and refuel craft in order to cross that great of a distance to react to anything coming at us from the Middle East just doesn't seem so smart. Does the Rep. own a globe.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 12:03:01 PM PDT by raynearhood ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."- Ronald Reagan)
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To: george76

Murtha must have failed geography. What a tool.


13 posted on 06/19/2006 12:03:24 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (There are no trophies for winning wars. Only consequences for losing them.)
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To: cgk

14 posted on 06/19/2006 12:05:24 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: CougarGA7

so the democrats plan to end the so called "occuaption of iraq" is to "occupy" other countries

and they think they lose elections becuase of hanging chads...


15 posted on 06/19/2006 12:06:26 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: toddlintown

Five will get you ten that Kucinich thinks we could defend Iraq from the moon.....or anywhere else if we were only more karmically centered


16 posted on 06/19/2006 12:06:53 PM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: CougarGA7

Murtha uses the Jay Bennish geography lesson plan.../s


17 posted on 06/19/2006 12:08:38 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: edzo4

Everyday I become more and more convensed that liberalism is a form of mental retardation.


18 posted on 06/19/2006 12:08:51 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (There are no trophies for winning wars. Only consequences for losing them.)
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To: Skip Ripley

I vote for defending Iraq from Tupelo,Mississippi...should be about the same distance...and the troops can have all the frre catfish they can eat!


19 posted on 06/19/2006 12:09:10 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: Skip Ripley

I vote for defending Iraq from Tupelo,Mississippi...should be about the same distance...and the troops can have all the frre catfish they can eat!


20 posted on 06/19/2006 12:09:14 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Doesn't this man know we're reducing the number of Okinawa Marines ?

He didn't get the memo...

21 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:16 PM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: bankwalker; smoothsailing

"The man is a lunatic."


22 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:34 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: edzo4
and they think they lose elections becuase of hanging chads...


23 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:42 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: george76

There's no fool like an old fool. Murtha is 100% proof.


24 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:55 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (This is no time for bleeding hearts, pacifists, and appeasers to prevail in free world opinion.)
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To: Sisku Hanne; freema

We hope that DIANA IREY uses this !


25 posted on 06/19/2006 12:11:59 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
“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...”

Last week... Nasty Pelosi gave almost the exact, same non-answer. The number of “you know(s)” popping up in their retorts is starting to get scary.

If allowed to regain power... these cowards will kill us all!

26 posted on 06/19/2006 12:12:23 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: george76

Distance from Okinawa to Baghdad 4899 Miles
Cruising speed F-16 577 mph
Elapsed time-Best Case 8.5 hours

Yup, that's a brilliant idea! What kind of morons elect mental midgets like this?


27 posted on 06/19/2006 12:12:37 PM PDT by cyclotic (Support MS research-Sponsor my Ride-https://www.nationalmssociety.org//MIG/personal/default.asp?pa=4)
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To: raynearhood

Yes, you would have to refuel an F-16 approximately 6 times to fly a Baghdad/Okinawa mission.


28 posted on 06/19/2006 12:12:40 PM PDT by mak5
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To: george76

Murtha wants our fighters to fly to Baghdad from Okinawa? OK, an F-16 has a combat radius of 340 miles on a hi-lo-hi mission with six 1,000 lb bombs (according to Wikipedia). It's 4,899 miles as the crow flies from Okinawa to Baghdad. Do the math, Murtha.

Murtha's not just a backstabber, he's an idiot.


29 posted on 06/19/2006 12:13:51 PM PDT by CheezyD
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To: CheezyD

the dems have just plain lost thier minds they know that every day that passes things get better in iraq and thier doom and gloom predictions look less and less realistic, thier only hope is to demand that we get out know then they can claim forever that Bush was wrong
but with each day that passes the dems look more and more like defeatists


30 posted on 06/19/2006 12:17:17 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: george76

John al-Murtha is truly now Bozo the Clown. If this Okinawa crap does not remove his unwarranted reputation as a military sage then nothing will.....

(1) Okinawa is not only 4500 miles away "as the crow flies" but there's the inconvenient fact that the vastness of China falls in the middle of that - so in reality planes have to go completely around the Asian continent, probably close to 8000 miles (since it's rather unlikely that even friendlier India would want US military flights overhead).

(2) The US is in the midst of an agreed upon multi-year plan to slash the number of Marines based in Okinawa in half, since it has been a huge political problem with Japan's government to deal with local opposition to our bases. The idea that we could suddenly decide ("unilaterally" it appears) to trash that agreement and pour 100,000 or more troops in there, plus entire air wings, simply does not meet the "laugh test."

(3) Okinawa is not just "over the horizon" for rapid deployment purposes, it is almost 1/3 of the way around the globe (when you take account of the circuitous route that planes and ships would have to follow). The idea that a major redeployment of forces from Iraq to Okinawa could occur at all, or that it could continue to support security on the ground in Iraq in any major way, is simply laughable.

That's not to say that we can't always deploy some limited "rapid response" forces from anywhere in the world to Iraq, but the idea of using Okinawa bases to address the strategic and operational issues in Iraq is what is just plain silly.

Murtha deserves to be flayed for his Okinawa proposal, for it shows that he has no understanding of the issues involved and no plausible ideas about what to do next.


31 posted on 06/19/2006 12:18:39 PM PDT by Enchante (General Hayden: I've Never Taken a Domestic Flight That Landed in Waziristan!)
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To: cyclotic

Plus all the support of tankers, AWACs...

Both ways !

Another great Democrat idea.../s


32 posted on 06/19/2006 12:19:15 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
MR. RUSSERT: You say redeploy. Again, Mr. Rove challenges that comment.

Let’s listen and give you again a chance to respond to the White House.

(Videotape, Monday):

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?

MR. RUSSERT: What’s your response?


Semi-kudos to Timmy for at least tangentally via Rove's quote in asking Murtha the number one question I always wanted to ask this loon.

I'm floored by Murtha's response, however: "Wax on, wax off."

33 posted on 06/19/2006 12:19:36 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: george76

As someone pointed out on one of the sites linked by Michelle, Okinawa to Iraq is 5000 miles over mostly unfriendly territory (eg, China), while Maine to Iraq is 5500 miles over mostly friendly territory (except for a corner of Syria). Tomorrow, Murtha's "better idea" will be to redeploy the troops to Maine; Maine can use the boost to its economy.


34 posted on 06/19/2006 12:21:06 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: cyclotic
Distance from Okinawa to Baghdad 4899 Miles
Cruising speed F-16 577 mph
Elapsed time-Best Case 8.5 hours

Yup, that's a brilliant idea! What kind of morons elect mental midgets like this?

And the direct path from Okinawa to Iraq is over mainland China and Iran. I doubt that they'll mind us flying over.

35 posted on 06/19/2006 12:22:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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36 posted on 06/19/2006 12:23:17 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

If I were russert, my response to murtha's idiotic statement would have been, "Huh?"


37 posted on 06/19/2006 12:23:19 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: george76

I held off on tanker support figuring some other Freeper would come up with that one, like Raynearhood did. 6 refills per plane. The logistical support alone would probably take a couple of days to coordinate. Hopefully the muzzies will pitch a tent and stay for a while while we get ready to respond.


38 posted on 06/19/2006 12:24:58 PM PDT by cyclotic (Support MS research-Sponsor my Ride-https://www.nationalmssociety.org//MIG/personal/default.asp?pa=4)
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To: KarlInOhio

Plus they would have to fly over Iran !

Both ways ...


39 posted on 06/19/2006 12:25:39 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

When he said our troops should redeploy to Okinawa, I figured he was having a momentary senior lapse, and the wrong name came out. I was willing to assume he meant somewhere else.

Now that it's clear he MEANT Okinawa, I can only marvel at the left's ability to take seriously the comments of a man who is so obviously clueless about the war we are fighting.


40 posted on 06/19/2006 12:26:00 PM PDT by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: george76
I think the old goat is on to something. We can bomb them back into the stone age (short trip) from Okinawa (sp?). Then when every one is dead, let the place cool off and the oil is ours. I didn't think democrats were in favor of this kind of behavior but I guess I was wrong. Is that what you mean Jack?
41 posted on 06/19/2006 12:26:47 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: cyclotic
Dstance from Okinawa to Baghdad 4899 Miles

That measurement is as the crow flies. But the crow would have to fly over china (or Russia and Mongolia) and and Iran. That ain't gonna happen.

They would undoubtedly have to fly south around Southeast Asia underneath India and then up through the gulf. That's probably closer to 10,000 miles.

42 posted on 06/19/2006 12:26:51 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (((172 * 3.141592653589793238462) / 180) * 10 = 30.0196631)
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To: george76
I heard that Okinawa is asking us to leave. I guess we could set up on Midway or Guam. Murtha loves goony birds anyway. (he are one)
43 posted on 06/19/2006 12:26:54 PM PDT by fish hawk
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REP. MURTHA... We can go to Okinawa.

ROTFLMAO! Does anyone take this moron seriuosly? 'Redeploy to Okinawa'? The battle is in Iraq you dope! We're fighting them there. When your enemy has to fight to defend his own territory in his own territory, he's already lost half the battle. I really think he is senile.

44 posted on 06/19/2006 12:27:21 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: george76

Dump Murtha! Click the logo and donate to Diana Irey for Congress!

45 posted on 06/19/2006 12:27:39 PM PDT by petercooper (Attention Libs: Please remove "Haven't gotten Zarqawi" from your DimocRAT talking points.)
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To: george76

From the actions of Murtha in the last six months it is evident to me he is suffering from the onset of dementia.


46 posted on 06/19/2006 12:29:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: george76

dude, that's too funny!


47 posted on 06/19/2006 12:29:24 PM PDT by siddude
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To: Rummyfan; Coop; Grampa Dave

Murtha also recommends cruise missiles from Okinawa...

Does he not know the range of a cruise missle ?

Or how much the Communist Chinese would enjoy seeing American cruise missles flying overhead ?


48 posted on 06/19/2006 12:32:12 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Enchante

Regarding our bases in Okinawa, when will we have an exit strategery to withdraw? Hostilities from WW2 have been over for more than 60 years, isn't it about time we brought our troops home?


49 posted on 06/19/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: george76

Stick a mike in this idiots face at every turn. He'll completely bury himself soon enough.


50 posted on 06/19/2006 12:32:47 PM PDT by rennatdm
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