– Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who favors withdrawing U.S. troops from
Iraq, wrote an essay for Sunday’s Washington Post blasting Republicans for referring to him and other Iraq war opponents as “Defeatocrats.”

In his opinion piece, first published on the Post’s Web site Saturday night, Murtha, D-Pa., said Vice President
Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and others in the White House have called Iraq war opponents appeasers and pessimists and labeled Democrats the “cut and run” party.

“It’s all baseless name-calling, and it’s all wrong,” Murtha wrote. “Unless, of course, being a Defeatocrat means taking a good hard look at the administration’s Iraq policy and determining that it’s a failure.”

I’m quite sure that isn’t what a Defeatocrat is. Perhaps Murtha should check out this website for a few examples.

Murtha’s essay is available here.