Pelosi Backs Quick Iraq Pullout
The House minority leader is calling for our troops to withdraw as soon as possible. I think she’ll be on the wrong side of history.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday backed a call by Democratic Rep. John Murtha to quickly start the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and said she believed a majority of her caucus supported it as well.
“I will be supporting the Murtha resolution,” Pelosi said of his plan calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq at the earliest practicable date, which he said should be about six months.
Pelosi, a California congresswoman who opposed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, said she believed a majority of House Democrats “clearly supports Mr. Murtha.” She said she was speaking for herself and would not press for a united Democratic position on the issue.
Pelosi had stopped short of endorsing the position of Murtha when he stunned colleagues on November 17 by advocating a quick withdrawal, saying U.S. troops had become targets that were fueling the insurgency.
Listen, I think Murtha’s idea of keeping some forces close in order to come back in is interesting, but I don’t think that’ll do much good. It’s the old, “Hey, you all better behave yourself” strategy. How many times has that worked?
I just can’t resolve the logic of these arguments. They don’t add up to me.
How about you?