Monday, October 16, 2006
What's The Matter With Murtha?
I sincerely thank and appreciate John Murtha's Marine Corps service to our country. And I really mean it. I know sarcasm if often the daily buffet here at mrssatan.blog - but not with that first sentence.
But I do have to ask what's gotten into him? In this last year we've heard outrageous statements from him on how HE thinks the War on Terror should be handled as well as his remarks of which can only be interpreted as promoting a "Cut and Run" strategy in Iraq.
Earlier this week he said, "Screw Republicans,":
"Screw them," Rep. John Murtha said of Republicans in an email sent to the liberal political group MoveOn.org on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who is urging a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq, added that he needs its members' help to throw GOP congressmen "out of power - as many of them as possible."
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."
There certainly appears to be more than just a fraction of truth in the accusation that you, Mr. Murtha, are a Defeatocrat otherwise the accusation wouldn't be such a sore point.
One of two things is happening here. Either Murtha is grandstanding for political gain for himself and his party, or, sadly, he is at the age where adult children have to take the car keys away from Dad because he can no longer be counted on to be a safe driver.
If the answer is that he is grandstanding, then he deserves every political shot that is taken at him. If he is at the point mentally where, as I wrote above, it is analogous to taking the car keys away from Dad because he's a danger to himself and others, then I feel sorry for him. If this is the case, then he needs to quietly resign from Congress and spend his days with his family, reminiscing about "the good old days".
The words of John Murtha, and others making statements like him, are enabling terrorists. This is not something any country fighting a War On Terror can afford.
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