Skip to comments.Murtha's Second Act (Redeploy to Okinawa)
Posted on 06/21/2006 5:19:06 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
On NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday, Rep. John Murtha repeated his call for "redeploying" U.S. troops from Iraq with something new -- and disturbing to fellow Democrats. Asked by moderator Tim Russert about sites for redeployment, Murtha replied: "We can go to Okinawa. ... We can redeploy there almost instantly."
When Russert expressed doubt about "a timely response" from Okinawa to meet a Middle East crisis, the 16-term congressman from western Pennsylvania and new national security spokesman for his party stumbled: "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."
In fact, a Pentagon spokesman says it would take "under a month" to send a 4,500-man Marine Expeditionary Force 6,000 nautical miles from Okinawa to Bahrain and then 600 more miles to Baghdad.
Murtha's Okinawa answer embarrassed Democratic House members who would not dream of criticizing publicly the former backroom pol who became an icon to the party's antiwar base last November by calling for an immediate troop withdrawal. His performance on "Meet the Press" reinforced dismay inside the party that Murtha, at age 74, has announced his candidacy for majority leader if the Democrats regain control of the House in the 2006 elections......."
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Murtha as Novak points out was a "back room pol" for years, and pretty successful too. Once he went public in a big way he starts putting his foot in it. This is not to minimize what a creep he is for rushing to judgement against Marines with his killing in cold blood charge.
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I can't stand Novak, but he seems to have enjoyed writing this article. I enjoyed reading it. LOL
I think he's realized that he's in this way over is head and it's starting to take a toll.
OTOH, given his obvious diminished mental capacity, he may have simply forgotten to eat any food for the past couple of weeks.
Translation: "When I say 'Okinawa,' I mean as far away as they can get and still be in the same hemisphere. And when I say 'timely response,' I mean as long as it can possibly take without making them walk 5000 miles carrying 70 pound packs. And when I say 'they don't know we're coming,' I mean 'I don't know what I'm saying'."
Let's start a collection to "deploy" Murtha to Okinawa.
Me too, but it isn't enough for all the deaths of US soldiers he has likely caused by encouraging the enemy.
John Murtha, the coward who would be KING.
Perhaps a dull bladed guillotine?
It would seem by Murtha's comments on TV of late that he is grossly misinformed about our military as well as foreign relations.
Diana Irey will solve his problems by retiring him in November.
"..Congressman John Murtha continues to make a fool of himself by suggesting we can effectively fight the terrorist insurgency in Iraq by "redeploying" our troops to a military base in Japan. Here's what he told Tim Russert yesterday in the course of arguing that we don't need a presence in Iraq to conduct the sort of quick-strike missions like the one that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:.."
Quite a few people noticed the Meet the Press performance. I hope he loses his seat.
Didn't we recently announce a redeployment of troops from Okinawa to Guam at the request of the Japanese govt? I believe it's the Marines at that. If so it just goes to show how out of touch Murtha really is.
They really should. I hope a group like the Swift Boat Vets come forward to talk about what they know about this , "hero." He likes to wear the badge of heroism, but everyone can see that he is not by his former conduct in Abscam and his present conduct.
Yoo Hoo, Mr Murtha. The Okinawans want us OUT. We have already agreed to go.
Seems like the dementia is gradually getting worse for Osama bin Murtha
He really is out of touch. His sole, but not unimportant, value to his district is his ability to get pork for his district. The problem with pork is that is does not usually
get spread far and wide beyond the usual cronies. If the people of the district begin to see him as an embarrassment he could go in spite of long tenure.