If Iraq Is in Civil War, What About LA?

In 2005 there were 846 US military casualties in Iraq.

In 2005 there were 860 homicides in the Los Angeles area.

Representative John Murtha, a favorite of the Women in Code Pink, today called the situation in Iraq a Civil War.

He also said that US military will be withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year. The Iraqis have already announced that they are taking over security from the Allied forces in several districts of Iraq. This shows that after two years of developing and training Iraqi forces, we are seeing results.

However, Rep. Murtha is making it sound like we are losing in Iraq:

“Our troops are the target,” Murtha told the newspaper. “We’re not fighting terrorism in Iraq. We’re fighting a civil war in Iraq. We’ve got to give them an incentive. We fought our Civil War. Let them fight their civil war.”

Murtha, the senior Democrat on the House appropriations defense panel, said many Iraqis think “it’s all right to kill Americans” and that most Iraqis want U.S. troops out of the country.

“There is no reason in the world we couldn’t do what we’re doing (in Iraq) from the periphery,” Murtha said. “I’ve just come to the conclusion it’s going to happen and it’s just a matter of time.”

Murtha, who voted in 2002 to give President Bush the authority to go to war, said he believes Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, had no ties to al-Qaida and wasn’t a threat to the United States.

He wants U.S. troops to be redeployed to Kuwait and areas around Iraq. He predicted there will be fewer than 100,000 troops by midsummer and that the pullout by the end of the year.

“We’re not cutting and running. We’re giving the Iraqis incentive to take over,” he said.

Never mind the fact that Rep. Murtha is wrong in his description of the current situation in Iraq and never mind the fact that Representative Murtha as a record of demanding retreat of out forces in the field. The fact is, the US will most likely withdrawal more troops from Iraq this year, because we are winning and not because we decided to fight the War on Terror from Okinawa, Japan as Representative Murtha has suggested.

Not only are the Americans winning but they are winning in brilliant fashion. The number of wounded in Iraq was down 26% last year. Heavy days of losses were down in Iraq. The country is seeing less death in this so-called Iraqi Civil War than they did during the Saddam years and without his mass graves.

And there were less military casualties in Iraq in 2005 than there were homicides in the Los Angeles area. So if Iraq is in the midst of a Civil War, what is going on in LA? And, would John Murtha suggest we send the LA cops to Okinawa, Japan as well?

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