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Murtha and Petain

Captain Ed refers to Marshal Petain in his dismissal of Congressman Murtha (D-PA) and his call for withdrawal from Iraq. Murtha's overwrought "chickenhawk" accusations against Vice-President Cheney aside, I agree that Ed's got a point there. Petain's surrender in 1940 was caused mainly by his concern for the French Army, which could have continued fighting at the cost of more casualties, a cost which Petain, well known for his concern for the troops, was not willing to pay.

Now, it's not really fair to compare Petain's horrific experiences in World War I as commander at Verdun to Murtha's tour of duty in Vietnam; it's a tremendous disservice to the old Marshal. However, one can see the similarity. Ed and others are also right, though, to point out that Murtha has never been a hawk on the war. As Bryan Preston points out over at Michelle Malkin's place, he was against the war before he was against it.


Nov. 18th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Would it be unfair to call Murtha a crypto-fascist as he disparages civilian control of the military? Also since he's said basically the same thing for a year and a half, he seems to think the growing democracy in Iraq not worth noting. hmmmm maybe not so crypto!
Nov. 18th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
I don't really see him as any different from Pat Buchanan and his merry band of isolationists. "Yes, peace & freedom in Iraq are all very well and good, but why do we have to be the ones to give it to them?" As if somebody else would have?