Friday, December 02, 2005

House Democrat Leader Flip-flops on Immediate Withdrawal

On November 19, the House of Representatives voted 403-3 against a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Even Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who called for immediate withdrawal in a speech 2 days before, did not vote for the resolution. Neither did the House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.).

Reversing her position in only 12 days, Pelosi now supports Murtha's call for a rapid withdrawal from Iraq. Not all Democrats agree. According to news accounts,

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who supported the war, rejected Murtha's idea for a quick pullout, saying "a precipitous withdrawal of American forces in Iraq could lead to disaster, spawning a civil war, fostering a haven for terrorists, and damaging our nation's security and credibility."

As California Yankee observes, "No wonder a majority of the public believes the Democrats' criticism of the war is motivated by partisan politics, not because they believe the criticism will help the war effort."

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