After all the GOP soldiers took turns taking potshots at Murtha, Bush said some odd words in China on the entire thing:
People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq. I heard somebody say, well, maybe so-and-so is not patriotic because they disagree with my position. I totally reject that thought. This is not an issue of who’s patriot and who’s not patriotic. It’s an issue of an honest, open debate about the way forward in Iraq.
Kevin Drum notes that it was only days ago that Bush said Iraqi war critics were sending "the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America’s will". Drum quips: "Looks like he was for demagogic attacks before he was against them."
By the way, the picture at the right is from a series of photos of Bush making his statement in China. The entire sequence is in a post entitled "Exit Strategy" over at Eschaton. Give a look and have a laugh.