For the record
Nor, however, have I been a "stay the course" guy. I've been struggling with this issue myself for some time. One one hand, we can't just leave Iraqis in the lurch and, on the other, we may just be making things worse. Our presence in Iraq is like chemotherapy in the veins of a cancer patient--a drug that could either kill you or cure you.
That's why I think Murtha's plan, properly executed, is the one I can support wholeheartedly. Republicans are saying that he's advocating surrender or retreat, but he's not. It's amazing what you can do when you have 37 years of experience as a Marine to bring to bear on a subject like this.
Look at the second bullet of Murtha's plan: Create a quick reaction force in the region. This, to me, is ingenious. It pulls our troops back from the zone where they are serving, as Murtha says, as a "catalyst for violence" and yet allows for swift response to major emerging threats. This is smart stuff.
Again, keep it up, Colonel.
Update: Kudos to William M.Arkin for being one of the few people working in Big Media who can see the forest for the trees.