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Murtha: Don’t Blame Congress For Bloodbath

From CNSNews:

Murtha: Post-Withdrawal Bloodbath Would Not Be Congress’ Fault

By Nathan Burchfiel
September 18, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – If pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq results in “a bloodbath,” the guilt will rest with the Iraqi people and not with the U.S. Congress, according to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a leading proponent of withdrawing troops.

“Many have threatened that there will be chaos, a bloodbath, when the United States redeploys from Iraq, and this in fact may be the case,” Murtha said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday. “If they continue to choose to spill blood, it will not be on the conscience of the United States.”

Murtha said ethnic violence in Iraq would be “a continuation of decades of its own conflicts, which they and they alone can solve.”

“The fact that Rep. Murtha acknowledged that leaving Iraq in chaos would lead to genocide but then says it wouldn’t be our fault is striking,” Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), told Cybercast News Service.

“As Ambassador [Ryan] Crocker noted, the consequences of leaving before completing our mission is ominous,” Smith said. “Not just for Iraq and the Middle East but also for our ability to confront and defeat the radical Islamist threat around the world.”

Smith said “the safety and security of the United States is at stake, but Democrats don’t seem to fundamentally understand that fact.” …

Apparently, Iraqi lives are only valuable when Mr. Murtha can use false claims of cold-blooded murder to attack our soldiers. 

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