John Murtha, certainly one of the most hawkish senior Democrat leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, retired Marine colonel and Vietnam veteran, said yesterday that "the U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring [the troops] home."
redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the
safety of U.S. forces.
To create a quick reaction force in the region.
To create an over-the-horizon presence of Marines.
To diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq.
He says he wants U.S. troops out of Iraq as soon as they can be withdrawn safely. He estimates that should take about six months.