Just under a year ago, I posted this bit while discussing troop levels in Iraq:
And Rep. Murtha’s prediction on Meet the Press this morning is just crazy:
MR. RUSSERT: You think we’ll be out of Iraq by the end of 2006?
REP. MURTHA: I think we’ll be out of there; if not completely out of there, we’ll be very close to being out of there. I think we could be out–yeah, I predict we’ll be out of there–it’ll be 2006.
MR. RUSSERT: By Election Day 2006?
REP. MURTHA: You–you have hit it on the head.
“You have hit it on the head”. Great quote. Someone’s been hit on the head.
Election Day 2006 is tomorrow. Obviously, Murtha was wrong. He was wrong to think we could have withdrawn all U.S. troops six months ago without a disaster. He also was wrong to accuse Bush of cynicism enough to lose the war to win an election.
Meanwhile, by Election Day 2006 in the real world, Murtha says the sentencing of Saddam Hussein to death by hanging is irrelevant to US politics, and instead that the important things are editorials in the non-military Military Times criticizing the administration’s war strategy.