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“Withdrawal Resolution Wording”
Yeah, yet another Murtha post, this one because Bad Bob said I should.
I saw two counterarguments during the debate of last week’s resolution.
- This Resolution Isn’t What Murtha Proposed
- We Don’t Have Time To Debate
The second one is silly on its face. No time to debate? In how many years?
The first one, though, seems to have captured the attention of Alfred Glenstein (a new blogger, from the looks of it). He’s got a long comment here, I think a hit-and-run rebuttal, followed by a few hundred words on my part. Glenstein is unhappy that I think “immediate withdrawal” and “withdrawal at the earliest practicable date” have the same political-military effects. One point of mine:
Immediate withdrawal was not only Murthaâ€™s words during his PR blitz but also the crux of the House argument. The difference between â€œearliest practicableâ€ and â€œimmediateâ€ is not large enough to change the actions of our enemy if we cut and ran, unless the definition of the â€œpracticableâ€ is stretched to the Bosnian â€œout by Christmasâ€ level of untruth. The true difference in phrasing is negligible; any small scale difference in withdrawal time would be actually worse for the country in the â€œpracticableâ€ wording because any delay just allows our guys on the ground to watch the bloodletting start without the ability to help. It is imperative in the decision calculus of the enemy to understand we wonâ€™t go away just because the job is hardâ€“see Osama bin Ladenâ€™s discussion of Somalia in his declaration of war for why. The resolution voted upon was a â€˜callâ€™ move; a â€˜put up or shut upâ€™. The two feeble counters to the resolution (â€different from Murthaâ€™sâ€ and â€œnot enough time to debateâ€) didnâ€™t wash.
Oh, and by the way, the guys on the ground in Iraq do have a pretty good idea of which Iraqis are ready and which ones are next and where they’re being stood up and trained. You can read about this, but it doesn’t seem to appear in many newspapers. I guess you just have to check the milblogs.
I have talked about this Murtha guy entirely too much lately. Time for something else, I think.
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