Johnson backs troops to the hilt, Blasts Democrat plan for Iraq withdrawal now

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Washington, November 17, 2005 | McCall Cameron ((202)225-4201) | comments
Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) released the following statement in response to U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, a House Democrat, who called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq today.
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Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) released the following statement in response to U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, a House Democrat, who called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq today.

A 29-year Air Force veteran, Johnson spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam.

“Pulling our troops out of Iraq now is unconscionable and irresponsible.

“We’ve got to support our troops to the hilt and see this mission through.

“I bet Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is high-fiving his buddies and praising Allah after hearing these news reports. Immediate withdrawal- and the conflict sparked by this debate - is just what al-Zarqawi wants.

“I was just in Iraq and our troops told me that they are motivated to spread democracy. They’re fighting for freedom and they mean business.

“We need to get the job done in support of freedom and to eliminate Al-Qaeda terrorists around the world.

“In case people have forgotten, this is the same thing that happened in Vietnam. Peaceniks and people in Congress – and America - started saying bad things about what was going on over there. Let me tell you what it did for troop morale. It’s a real downer.

“I just pray our troops and their families can block this noise out and know that I will fight like mad to make sure our troops have everything they need - for as long as they need - to win the global war on terrorism.”
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