Top Democrat urges Iraq pullout now
His comments followed attacks from the Bush administration on critics of its Iraq war policy and its handling of intelligence to invade Iraq.
Vice-President Dick Cheney said critics were spreading "cynical falsehoods".
"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency, they are united against US forces, and we have become a catalyst for violence," Mr Murtha said at an emotional news conference in Washington.
"US troops are the common enemy of the Sunnis, the Saddamists, and the foreign jihadists... I believe we need to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis," he said.
Mr Murtha - who is a member of a key House of Representatives panel that oversees defence spending - urged the White House to "immediately redeploy US troops consistent with the safety of US forces".
The congressman from Pennsylvania also said a "quick reaction force" should be created in the Middle East.
Source : BBC
Now those of you that come across this site from time to time will probably assume that i would be keen on the getting the troops out of Iraq .
My view is actually not that simple . I do feel that to carry on as we are will be a disater for the Iraqi people . but I also feel that to just remove the troops would also be a disaster for the people of Iraq
Some kind of peace keeping force needs to be in place to help the Iraqi people climb out of this mess . The problem i see is that the two best options for peace keeping would be blocked by the US government
My first choice would be a UN Peace keeping force made up purely of Muslims but the US would never allow the UN to take over , for this would be a clear sign of failure (which it has been but they would not want to admit it )My second choice would be a peace keeping force made up from the neighbours of Iraq , But this would also never be allowed by the US . Syria and Iran "we keep being told" are also the enemy here and asking them for help would not even enter the US mindset
So I cant see what solution can be found . Iraq can not "stand up" without help and Iraq can not "stand up" whilst western forces are in the country
A lose-lose situation