CNN/AP: An influential House Democrat who voted for the Iraq war called Thursday for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, another sign of growing unease in Congress about the conflict. "This is the immediate redeployment of American forces because they have become the target," said Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, one of Congress' most hawkish Democrats. At times during his remarks to reporters, the decorated Vietnam War veteran and former Marine was choking back tears. "It is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region," Murtha said.
This is Vietnam War Redux: the Democrats are pleading that we must abandon an ally in a war we are winning! I am sad to say it, but the Democrat Party - which I have belonged to since 1974 - is once again under the thrall of McGovernism.
The change which Clinton promised - when he procliamed himself a "New Democrat," one who "would change welfare as we know it" - has EVAPORATED. What's left? THE LEFT. And based on how they are dealing with Iraq, I feel that they are not to be trusted with our nation's defense. More HERE and HERE and HERE. And HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Here, too. Take your pick.
UPDATE: WOW! It seems that Murtha's pants have been wet since May 2004! (IN OTHER WORDS: THIS IS NOT NEWS; MURTHA SAID THE SAME THING 18 MONTHS AGO!) HUGE TIP OF THE HAT TO KJ LOPEZ OF NRO.
UPDATE #2: "A decorated Vietnam veteran, he [Murtha] choked back tears during his remarks to reporters." What is it with these crybabies - Murtha, Voinovich, Durbin, and Blanco: are they really lachrymose wimps or were they just crocodile tears?
UPDATE #3: Gateway Pundit has a complete timeline - over the past few years - of Murtha's gyrations on Iraq! (Via Professor Reynolds.)