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Murtha: Marine recall shows Iraq getting worse

RAW STORY
Published: Wednesday August 23, 2006

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Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) has blasted the involuntary recall of Marines to Iraq at "a time when we should be bringing our fighting men and women home from Iraq, we're sending more over there," as symbolic of the "mismanagement of this effort," RAW STORY has learned.

Murtha, the first Vietnam War veteran to serve in Congress, is mulling a campaign for Majority Leader, should Democrats recapture the House in the fall's midterm election.

"This recall is just another sign of how badly the war in Iraq is going," Murtha insisted.

"Because of the mismanagement of this effort and all the killing and maiming in Iraq," he blasted, "young men and women are not joining the military at the necessary recruitment levels. We're involuntarily recalling Marines and increasing the age limit of soldiers to maintain troop levels.

"If everything were going as well as predicted or depicted by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary Rumsfeld," he continued, "we would be fulfilling field commander's desires of earlier this year to reduce troops. Instead we're going to extraordinary means to increase them."