Rep[rehensible]John Murtha: “It seems to me you start with a cease-fire, and then you try to work out the details long term.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented,” (H/T Capt’n Ed)
Some would say I have taken the two quotes out of context for the shock value or my intense dislike for the two subjects involved. Guilty as charged, get over it!
The Murtha quotes come via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mr. Murtha, speaking yesterday at a Post-Gazette editorial board meeting, was asked if he favored a cease-fire in the campaign north of Israel’s border.
“I think so,” he said. “I think it would be very difficult to justify continuing on.”
Referring to the Bush administration’s position, he said: “You know, they say, ‘Well, we want a long-term cease-fire.’ It seems to me you start with a cease-fire, and then you try to work out the details long term. If you don’t, and you continue to have heavy-handed military action — and I support heavy-handed military action because it saves your own troops — but it creates enemies, and that’s the problem we have.”
Set aside for the moment that Middle East ceasefires have been called countless times in the past (with details to be named later) and all have led to more of the same old same old. Kidnappings, suicide bombers, border incursions, and rockets red glare over and into Israeli territory.
What’s more important is a closer look at Murtha’s “logic” used to take his position as stated. First he says “heavy-handed military action” could lead to the production of more enemies. (at best a debatable point)
Moreover he then states he “support[s] heavy-handed military action because it saves your own troops.”
So my take on his position is saving troops now is more important than breaking from a decades long policy of failed ceasefire after failed ceasefire. A policy that has led to thousands of deaths on both sides, Arafats widow living the life of luxury on the E.U.’s dime and Palestinian Health officials denying needed aid to its people, among many other atrocities.
Murtha’s position based on pure political expediency, nothing more – nothing less, and not anything close to a successful military strategy or a long term solution. Not surprising considering his long expressed desire to lose and failure to back up his rhetoric with action.
Also not surprising, but it is consistent. Consistent asshattery!