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The Jack Murtha follies

Anti-war Democrats luuuuuuuuv Jack Murtha. He's a vocal war critic who comes with legitimate military credentials. Too bad for them he's a doddering old fool.

Murtha's favorite euphemism for surrender in Iraq has been "strategic redeployment." But redeployment where, you ask? How about Okinawa? (Yes, as in "Japan." No, seriously.) Here's how he defended the idea on Meet the Press:

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.

I can't believe Democrats are not embarrassed by this guy. He's like an Admiral Stockdale in the advanced stages of dementia or something (or myself after a few beers.)

It does beg another question, though. What is the "timetable" for pulling out or troops from Japan? Or Germany? Or Korea? Shouldn't we have one of those by now?


Barry, he is the new George McGovern whom the Dems selected in part because of his anti-war rhetoric and partly because he had a distinguished career in the military during WWII.

Then, as now, Dems fool themselves into believing that a military man is unimpeachable and unchallengable.

In truth, they are neither but the template remains after all these years.

Think back: Adlai lost to the war hero, Ike, in two elections and then, voila, Kennedy (the war hero) beats Nixon (the slacker)!

As Kerry's bandwagon nomination illustrated, the Dems will never learn.

I don't know that you can call it a timetable for a complete pull-out, but the US force posture in Germany is dramatically different than it was even 10 years ago. When I was in the Army there were bases closing left and right while I was stationed in Mannheim, Germany, and I know that trend has continued.

Will we ever pull out completely? Probably not, because of the NATO strategic partnership and Germany's value to Joint Training Exercises.

However, gone are the days of several complete divisions stationed in Deutschland.

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