Rep. John Murtha decided to let his “Peacenik Hair” down on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press. Once again more hot air was expended than fact. Remember this guy is a former decorated Marine and yet he has found it all to easy to, in so many words, call the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a liar.
A few points from Murtha’s interview.
He claimed Iraq has a sixty percent unemployment rate. A patent lie, it’s closer to 18%-20%.
Water production, only 30% of people are getting water according to Murtha. On it’s very face it’s an absurd remark and if true, they would be DEAD! USAID has restored water treatment to 4 million urban Iraqis and sewage treatment to 4.4 million.
(I really love this one) We’ve lost almost 20,000 people in this war, if you count the casualties and the people who’ve been killed in the three years. How in the freakin’ hell do you count those that are wounded as “lost?”
To suggest that everyone who has been wounded, no matter how slightly, is “lost” is both false and should be insulting to anyone with common sense. These numbers show only half of those wounded are even evacuated from Iraq, and two-thirds of those evacuated are accidental injuries. And once again Murtha proves to be a liar of the first order.
About Murtha’s “civil war,” Here is the Brookings Report (pdf file) for February, Murtha’s “civil war month.” In February, US soldiers killed in action or wounded has gone down for the 4th straight month in a row The number of Iraqi Policemen killed dropped in February as did the number of civilians killed. “Dude, where’s my civil war?”
I’m trying. I’ve been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I’m looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can’t find it.
Maybe actually being on the ground in Iraq prevents me from seeing it. Perhaps the view’s clearer from Manhattan.[…]
All day – and it was a long day – we drove through Shia and Sunni neighborhoods. Everywhere, the reception was warm. No violence. None.
And no hostility toward our troops. Iraqis went out of their way to tell us we were welcome.
He continues to use these numbers long after they have been debunked: ‘Eighty percent of the Iraqis want us out of there,” claims the poll. Some have suggested we read those in country to get the “real facts” on the ground in Iraq. Here is what Iraq the Model said of this poll:
I will personally ignore the results as a whole as I think it cannot add anything of value to a view of the situation here in Iraq, which is a shame, as it might have done so, had they framed the questions in a more scientific manner. I tend to recommend that you not take it seriously as well for these reasons.
This poll is bogus. There was never any information given on sampling and methodology:
-the number of people polled.
-the time of the day the polling was done.
-what areas the polling was conducted.
-the dates the polling was conducted.
-the exact questions asked.
The closest I’ve seen to Murtha’s numbers is the World Public Opinion survey, done in late January, that is reported on here. The survey says 35% of Iraqis say they want the U.S. to withdraw within six months, and 35% “gradually over the next two years.” (29% want U.S. troop reductions only as warranted by the security situation.) So Murtha’s figure is ridiculous unless “wanting us out of there” means wanting us to withdraw over the next couple of years.
While all you people point and scream, “liar, liar pants on fire, at the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff I would suggest he is far and away more reliable than who he was responding to.
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