No Honor Among Thieves

The Politico is reporting that the abrupt about face of John "Unindicted ABSCAM Co-Conspirator" Murtha on progress in Iraq has presented the Democratic leadership with an enormous problem. It has more than a bit to do with things Murtha has said, they way he said them and the sudden, complete reversal. Nancy Pelosi will be angry about being stabbed in the back be the Pennsylvania hack.

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is working." This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders, who are blocking approval of the full $200 billion being sought by President Bush for combat operations in Iraq in 2008.

Murtha's latest comments are also a stark reversal from what he said earlier in the year. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the powerful Defense subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee,  has previously stated that the surge "is not working" and the United States faced a military disaster in Iraq.

Murtha told CNN on July 12, following a Bush speech, that the president's views on the success of  surge in Iraq were "delusional."

"Well it's delusional to say the least," Murtha told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "As I said earlier, and you heard me say it, it's a failed policy wrapped in illusion. Nothing's gotten better. Incidents have increased. We have had more Americans killed in the last four months than any other period during the war."

Murtha added: "I don't acknowledge there has been any progress made. Maybe in Baghdad. But it just breaks out someplace else. We called for extra troops two years ago. We put money in for 30,000 troops. They haven't even been able to raise the 30,000 troops they have. So they have to break all their guidelines. But there's no progress being made."

The fracture of the Democrats over this will be fast and ugly. I expect there is going to be a real donnybrook in the next leadership meeting. Pelosi is scheduled to speak to the DNC on Friday – reporters will be waiting for her. This is going to be fun to watch.

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7 Responses to No Honor Among Thieves

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  2. Neo says:

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F. Kennedy, Friday, January 20, 1961

    First, it was amazing that anyone so at odds with John F Kennedy would ever receive an award from the Kennedy Library & Museum, but now we see that there never was any courage involved.
    Murtha give back the Profiles in Courage award ?

  3. Maggie says:

    Not that this has ever happened to me, but I DO check before heading to the check out:

    Kind of like taking a new purse to the check out counter, the clerk digging through the factory paper stuffing inside and finding “other-stuff” hidden therein … and looking up at you as if you tried to steal something.

    Well, sort of … :-)

  4. Tom says:

    Improved security is a statistic based on the number of sectarian murders and killings – among other things.

    If the sheer number of ‘potential’ victims is lower, it stands to reason the number of ‘actual’ victims will also be lower. This lowered casualty figure, in some small way, can be attributed to the surge, but more than likely it is based more on my initial points (exodus and ethnic cleansing).

    And still, since the surge was supposed to provide ‘breathing room’ for the politicians, we still have to consider the dubious success based on this important benchmark.

    If the surge doesn’t do what it was put in place to do: breathing room for political discussions and compromises, then one cannot call the surge a success no matter how low the killing statistic is.

    The right side talking points generally try to elevate the success and downplay the failure, and I see that happening in this instance. If the surge does not improve the political reconciliation (it’s intended goal), then it is a failure.

  5. Gaius says:

    Wow, that must be a record to get the “clarification” talking points pasted up.

  6. martian says:

    I predict that Murtha will soon be the Democratic Party’s sacrificial lamb (mutton?). Rep. Murtha, just TRY and get any campaign money from the DNC when you come up for re-election. Go ahead, just TRY!

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