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Democrats’ slow-bleed Iraq plan will hurt our troops most

  • Democrats’ slow-bleed Iraq plan will hurt our troops most

  • 4 March 2007 by 0 Comments

Democrats’ slow-bleed Iraq plan will hurt our troops most
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 03/04/07

It appears increasingly that John Murtha is the de-facto spokesman for the majority party in Congress on the Iraq conflict. This last week Murtha, when asked about the non-binding resolutions that they’re working on, indicated what he would like to see happen as far as Congressional support of the troops is concerned. “They won’t be able to continue, they won’t be able to do the deployment. They — they won’t have the equipment, they don’t have the training, and they won’t be able to — to do the — the — the work.”

Murtha’s next sentence was even more incredible. “What we’re trying to do is — is make sure people understand, we’re supporting the troops, we are protecting the troops, but on the other hand, we’re going to stop this surge.” Don’t feel alone if this seems totally incongruent to you. Not only is it asinine but to many of us it’s borderline treasonous. “Support the troops” but “they won’t be agle to continue…they won’t have the equipment, they don’t have the training, and they won’t be able to do the work.” With support like that who needs enemies? I’m sure the terrorists rejoice every time they hear a political leader in this country show that kind of warped “support” for our cause.

According to the DC insider publication The Politico, the Democrat strategy is set. The “top House Democrats, working in concert with anti-war groups, have decided against using congressional power to force a quick end to US involvement in Iraq, and instead will pursue a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration’s options.” What’s truly pathetic about their “slow-bleed” strategy, is that it will be the soldiers who will be doing the slow bleeding as a result of their attempts to micro-manage the Iraqi front to the war on terror, and their attempts to usurp the Commander In Chief Role. I have never witnessed such cowardice and spinelessness in elected officials in my life!

They can undercut the mission; they can stop reinforcements; they can stop redeployments; they can keep needed equipment from getting to the troops; they can stop new training; they can do all of this while at the same time saying they support the troops. This is patently absurd!

Vice President Cheney sees this rhetoric for what it is, and said earlier this week “I think in fact if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we’ll do is validate the Al-Qaeda strategy. The Al-Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people. In fact, knowing they can’t win in a stand-up fight, try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit.” The Vice President is exactly right.

Three weeks ago, Senator Larry Craig said on the floor of the Senate, “The only enemy that can defeat American soldiers on the battlefield is the low morale of the American people.” Murtha et al are doing all within their power to diminish the mission and the importance of our successful mission there. With the “Peace Democrats” abject investment in failure, it will be nothing short of miraculous if our military is able to succeed in stabilizing Iraq sufficiently to start withdrawing on our terms, instead of the enemies’ terms.

It was gratifying to see that the British are able to start downsizing their presence in the Southern part of Iraq . Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister announced last week the reduction of their force by 1600 soldiers, which will leave just over 5,000 British troops after the deployment. The media would have us believe that the British are abandoning Bush, and leaving altogether, but their reduction of troops is exactly what we hope to be able to do shortly as well, and is roughly the same number they increased with their “surge” last year. Far from being an “abandonment” of the coalition, the British are implementing the plan to perfection. Fortunately for them, they haven’t had the insurgency problems in the South that we are experiencing in Baghdad.

America has never lost a war except for when politicians intervened on behalf of the enemy and crippled the Commander In Chief, preventing him from executing his constitutional duties and the American people were convinced to lose their will to win. That has happened once, but the Congressional majority and the media are trying to re-enact the Vietnam experience, but with potentially much graver consequences to the country this time around.

When Congressmen Murtha and Pelosi were in the minority, they could do not much more than shoot spitballs at the President and his Iraq plan for resolution. As the majority party, they have to realize that their actions will bear fruits of massive consequences, and they will be fully culpable for those consequences. There will be a day of reckoning.

Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at

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