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.