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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 11:19 PM
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Murtha sees showdown with Bush on Iraq this fall
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania's Rep. John Murtha yesterday predicted that thousands of combat troops would start withdrawing from Iraq as soon as this fall, when President Bush delivers a progress report on the war and Congress considers billions of dollars in emergency military spending.

"When you get to September, this is history. This is when we're going to have a real confrontation with the president," Mr. Murtha, D-Johnstown, told reporters after a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. "I see signals that things are getting worked out."

In recent weeks, an expanding group of Republican senators has started expressing strong misgivings about the course of the war. Yet only three joined Democrats on July 18 in voting to set a withdrawal timeline, leaving the Senate eight votes short of the 60 needed to end debate on the proposal.

Mr. Murtha, chairman of the House panel on defense spending, said defections among Republicans would grow when Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, gives an update on the president's "surge" strategy, which added 21,500 combat troops there. "If we get an honest appraisal from the field, and they start to accept reality, that will be the directional change," he said.





Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07207/804587-176.stm
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 11:30 PM
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1. They are already back peddling on the September thing.
They'll be saying, all that happens in September is a report gets presented, it'll take years to "finish the job"
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 11:36 PM
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2. "If we get an honest appraisal from the field" (!!)
I really do like Mr. Murtha, but almost 7 years of THAT criminal bunch and he is STILL hoping to get an "HONEST" appraisal??

Gimme a f**king break!!

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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 11:36 PM
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3. "Mr. Murtha, chairman of the House panel on defense spending,"
and there is a REASON Jack Murtha holds the purse strings.
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JaneQPublic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 11:45 PM
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4. I like Murtha, but his predictions aren't worth much.
In 2006, he was predicting that Bush would be pulling out the troops right before the fall elections.
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