http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=\Politics\archive\200511\POL20051118a.html Republicans Question Timing of Dems' Call for 'Surrender' By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor November 18, 2005 (CNSNews.com) - As anti-war rhetoric erupts in Congress, Republican leaders want American citizens to consider why it's happening right now. "Democrats have gone on the attack against the president, and the question we must ask is 'why?' The war on terror is a real war, and we have real enemies," said Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman in a speech in Denver on Thursday. Mehlman spoke after Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran and ranking member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. "Our military has done everything that has been asked of them; the U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily," Murtha said, adding that "it is time" to bring home the troops. Mehlman noted that "dissent is as old as America" and that "questioning our leaders is a patriotic act. No one is immune to criticism -- not the president, and not those who are attacking him." But, Mehlman added, "What we need to ask is why? Why attack now? What is the goal? Are the Democrat attacks designed to help us win the war on terror -- or help them win the next election?"