Friday, November 18, 2005

A hero and a Marine

Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, a Marine veteran and long time military supporter who voted for the war in Iraq, has called for withdrawal of US troops. This move is now solidly established in the national debate, thanks to his moving, even tear-filled dissent. Better than any other politician, he identified the US military operation as the focus and the cause of the turmoil in Iraq. He also argued that we owe it to the targets of the insurgency - US troops - to bring them home and stop endangering them in this useless occupation. John Murtha has entered that Hall reserved for statesmen of conscience.