The Coalition of Defeat and the Congressman of Surrender
And now once again for the useful idiots…..
The “Win Without War Coalition,” including 40 Religious Left groups and secular allies, is imploring Congressman John Murtha to slash funding for the U.S. presence in Iraq. Murtha chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
On the religious side, the coalition includes the National Council of Churches (NCC), Sojourners, Tukkun, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, the United Church of Christ, Pax Christi, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Americans Friends Service Committee.
The secular coalition members include moveon.org, the NAACP, the Council for a Livable World, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Organization for Women, and the Sierra Club.
“Win Without War” does not appear to be interested in “winning” anything. Its exclusive cause seems to be immediate withdrawal and defeat for the U.S. in the Middle East. It asked Murtha to draft a new bill that would “immediately begin the orderly removal of all U.S troops from Iraq and complete this process as quickly and safely as possible.”
Not very convincingly, “Win Without War” complained that the war has “hollowed out our military, diverted resources from the battle against al Qaeda and from homeland security, and deeply damaged our reputation abroad.” But few if any of its member groups have expressed particular interest in “the battle against al Qaeda” or in other protections for the U.S. , beyond withdrawal and apologies for America ’s enemies.
Revealingly, “Win Without War” is distressed that the U.S. has plans for an “enduring” relationship with Iraq . Presumably, it is preferable that Iraq align with Iran or Saudi Arabia , while the U.S. simply erases all its tracks and mails in its reparations. “Win Without War” wants Murtha only to gather funding for the “safe and timely redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq and end the occupation.”