Tuesday, December 13, 2005



If he walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then he must be a ... war hero?

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John P. Murtha on Monday rejected the Bush administration's characterization of the war in Iraq, calling it a fight against insurgents, not terrorists, and he said it was a battle the United States could not win militarily.

Murtha, a Democrat from Western Pennsylvania, reiterated his call for the withdrawal of American troops, speaking in Philadelphia about an hour after President Bush spoke a few blocks away.

Murtha said the United States was seen by Iraqis as an occupier. Being in Philadelphia, he drew a comparison to the American Revolution. He said that if the French had remained in the infant United States after the Revolutionary War, "we'd have thrown them the hell out of here." That's how Iraqis are reacting now to the presence of U.S. troops, the 73-year-old congressman said.

"The Iraqis are not against democracy," he said. "They are against our occupation."

"Iraq is not the center of terrorism; it's the center of an insurgency, and that's a big difference," Murtha said.
"It's not going to get better with us over there," he said. "They'll let us fight forever."

"I say, it's up to them."

Original claims about biological and nuclear weapons proved untrue, American troops were not provided enough manpower or equipment, and the fight has now devolved from a liberation to an occupation, Murtha said.

And such basics of life as electricity and oil production remain very low, he said.

Well, let's look at how the Iraqis themselves say they feel about the "occupation."

1. Most living conditions are rated positively,
2. 70% of Iraqis say their own lives are going well,
3. Nearly 2/3 of Iraqis expect things to improve in the year ahead,
4. Over 60% of Iraqis feel very safe in their own neighborhoods,
5. 61% of Iraqis say local security is good,
6. Average household incomes have soared by 60% in the last 20 months,
7. 70% of Iraqis rate their own economic situation positively.

Sorry for the cliche, but, Murtha is entitled to have his own opinion, but he is not entitled to his own facts.

So, the question is, since Murtha is making up a reality that he knows is not there, then what is he? Is he a war hero? Or, is there another name that might be more appropriate?