11-17-05: 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.
My plan calls to immediately redeploy U.S. troops
12-2-05: Most U.S. troops will leave Iraq within a year because the Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth," Rep. John Murtha told a civic group.
1-15-06: Murtha tells 60 Minutes that mounting pressure from constituents in this election year will force Congress to pass his withdrawal plan, or something similar to bring troops home.
Does Murtha think Congress is going to insist upon a major withdrawal from Iraq before election day in November?
"Sure," he says. "Youre gonna see a plan for withdrawal."
5-18-06: EX-marine John Murtha has taken the extraordinary step of accusing U.S. Marines of war crimes before a joint NCIS/Multi-National Forces investigation has been completed of an incident that occurred on November 19, 2005.
5-19-06: BLITZER: The marines say they're still investigating. They don't know what happened yet. The pentagon says the same thing. How do you know what happened?
MURTHA: Wolf, you read the "Time" magazine articles. There are pictures, there are photos. You don't have to talk to the military about the proof.
"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood," said Murtha, Judge, Jury and Executioner.
Who is "Kit" Murtha? "He's John Murtha's brother -- a Washington lobbyist whose firm reeled in more than $20 million for its defense contractor clients in the 2004 Defense appropriations bill. And the Pennsylvania congressman is the ranking Democrat on the Defense appropriations subcommittee, which he also chaired for six years before Democrats lost the House in 1994. "
6-21-06: Murtha "reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the city of San Francisco." Laurence Pelosi, nephew of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the time was an executive of the company which
The same article also reported how Mr. Murtha has been behind millions of dollars worth of earmarks in defense appropriations bills that went to companies owned by the children of fellow Pennsylvania Democrat, Rep. Paul Kanjorski.
Meanwhile, the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign-finance watchdog group, lists Mr. Murtha as the top recipient of defense industry dollars in the current 2006 election cycle.
where he's put the full force of his unyielding support of our military into real leadership for our troops and military families for over three decades in Washington.
Oh yes.....I see REAL leadership and support here.
3-19-03: "I'm a little more nervous this time because of the threat of chemical and biological weapons and because there will possibly be fighting in the streets," Murtha said.
"To put it bluntly, it was handled badly," Murtha said of the current situation. "We should have had the allies lined up first before we pursued this. But our troops are there; it's hard to stop the momentum."
(Question: Was 3-19-03 the first day of the OIF which he was already tauting as "handled badly"?)
late 04 or early 05: "A premature withdrawal of our troops based on a political timetable could rapidly devolve into a civil war which would leave Americas foreign policy in disarray as countries question not only Americas judgment but also its perseverance." John Murtha
11-18-05: "Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency," Murtha said in a Capitol news conference that left him in tears. Islamic insurgents "are united against U.S. forces, and we have become a catalyst for violence," he said. ". . . It's time to bring them home." Murtha
3-5-06: MR. SCHIEFFER: Now, I want to make sure I understand. I mean, I think I understand what you're saying, but you're talking about a Marine, and here you are an ex-Marine -- this is a military man. This is not somebody, some civilian out there at the Pentagon. You're saying you no longer believe what Marine General Peter Pace says when he says he thinks things are going well.
REP. MURTHA: That's exactly right. Why would I believe him
There's a reason why Congressman Murtha is one of our most trusted voices on national security and America's standing in the world
When did he become "one of our most trusted voices on national security and America's standing in the world" Max? Until November 18, 2005, most of America and 99.9% of the "world" had never heard of this blowhard.