"Rep. John Murtha Urged Somalia Pullout in '93
Monday, Nov. 21, 2005 9:57 a.m. EST
After terrorists attacked U.S. troops in Mogadishu, Somalia 12 years ago, anti-Iraq war Democrat, Rep. John Murtha urged then-President Clinton to begin a complete pullout of U.S. troops from the region.
Clinton took the advice and ordered the withdrawal - a decision that Osama bin Laden would later credit with emboldening his terrorist fighters and encouraging him to mount further attacks against the U.S.
'Our welcome has been worn out,' Rep Murtha told NBC's 'Today' show in Sept. 1993, a month after 4 U.S. Military Police had been killed in Somalia by a remote-detonated land mine.
The Pennsylvania Democrat announced that President Clinton had been 'listening to our suggestions. And I think you'll see him move those troops out very quickly.'
In a 1998 interview with ABC's John Miller, Osama bin Laden said that America's withdrawal from Somalia had emboldened his burgeoning al Qaida force and encouraged him to plan new attacks.
'Our people realize[d] more than before that the American soldier is a paper tiger that run[s] in defeat after a few blows,' the terror chief recalled. 'America forgot all about the hoopla and media propaganda and left dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat.'
Osama bin Laden 1998
Murtha played right into al-Quaida’s hands then as he is trying to today."