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Posted on 11/30/2005 3:51:28 PM PST by Plutarch
When Democratic Rep. John Murtha called for the withdrawal of American troops in the middle of the war, Republicans immediately leapt to action by calling Murtha a war hero, a patriot and a great American.
I haven't heard Republicans issue this many encomiums to one man since Ronald Reagan died. By now, Murtha has been transformed into the greatest warrior since Alexander the Great and is probably dating Jennifer Aniston.
In response to Murtha's demand for the "immediate withdrawal of American troops" -- as The New York Times put it -- President Bush called Murtha a "fine man, a good man" who served with "honor and distinction," who "is a strong supporter of the United States military." He said he knew Murtha's "decision to call for an immediate withdrawal of our troops ... was done in a careful and thoughtful way."
Vice President Dick Cheney called Murtha "a good man, a Marine, a patriot."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Murtha is "a fine man, I know him personally ... and it's perfectly proper to have a debate over these things, and have a public debate."
National Security Adviser Steve Hadley called in his praise for Murtha from South Korea, saying Murtha was "a veteran, a veteran congressman and a great leader in the Congress."
During the House debate on Murtha's insane proposal to withdraw troops in the middle of the war, Rep. Henry Hyde (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill., said Murtha deserved an "A-plus as a truly great American," and Rep. Curt Weldon (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., said "none of us should think of questioning his motives or desires for American troops."
On the House floor, both Republicans and Democrats repeatedly gave Murtha rousing standing ovations. There was so much praise for Murtha that one of his Democratic colleagues asked him if he still had to attend Murtha's funeral.
What is this? Special Olympics for the Democrats? Can't Republicans disagree with a Democrat who demands that the U.S. surrender in the middle of a war without erecting monuments to him first? What would happen if a Democrat were to propose restoring Saddam Hussein to power? Is that Medal of Freedom territory?
I don't know what Republicans imagine they're getting out of all this love they keep throwing at Democrats. I've never heard a single liberal preface attacks on Oliver North with a recitation of North's magnificent service as a Marine. And unlike Murtha, who refuses to release his medical records showing he was entitled to his two Purple Hearts, we know what North did. (These Democrat military veterans are hardly shrinking violets when it comes to citing their medals, but they get awfully squeamish when pressed for details.)
We also know what Rep. Randy Cunningham , R-Calif., did to earn his medals. One of only two American Navy aces that the Vietnam War produced, Cunningham shot down five MiGs, three in one day, including a North Vietnamese pilot with 13 American kills. Cunningham never did something as insane as proposing that we withdraw troops in the middle of a war, but this week he did admit to taking bribes.
And yet, no Democrat breathed a word of Cunningham's unquestioned heroism before rushing to denounce him as "the latest example of the culture of corruption" -- in the words of Rep. Nancy Pelosi .
Sen. Teddy Kennedy didn't issue a 20-minute soliloquy on what a wonderful man Judge Robert Bork was as a human being before attacking his judicial philosophy. Kennedy just laid into Bork like he was George Lincoln Rockwell.
Speaking of which, George Lincoln Rockwell, former head of the American Nazi Party, served in the military during World War II. Are we obligated to praise his war service before disputing his views?
CNN's Bill Schneider summarized the Republican love-fest for Murtha by saying that House Republicans "started calling him some very ugly names -- cowardly, shameful, he wanted to cut and run, he wanted to surrender to the terrorists, emboldening the enemy." Are we all looking at the same "intelligence"?
The only Republican congressman who did not offer to have sex with John Murtha on the House floor was Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio. While debating Murtha's own proposal to withdraw American troops from Iraq in the middle of a war waged to depose a monstrous dictator who posed a threat to American national security, Schmidt made the indisputably true remark that Marines don't cut and run. (She was right! Murtha voted against his own proposal.)
Schmidt's precise words were: "I received a call from Col. Danny Bubp. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do." Bubp later said -- pointlessly -- that he was not calling Murtha a coward. Neither was Jean Schmidt. (These guys are very brave facing down the VC, but cower before the MSM.)
Now Schmidt is Emmanuel Goldstein, subjected to the liberals' Orwellian two-minutes hate, and not one Republican will defend her. If Republicans were one-tenth as rough with the congressman who wants to withdraw troops in the middle of a war as they are on a congresswoman who calls it cowardly to withdraw troops in the middle of a war, we might have a functioning Republican Party.
Murtha made the following remarks via MoveOn.Org in connection with his resolution:
"I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice that the United States will immediately redeploy. All of Iraq must know that Iraq is free. Free from United States occupation."
That's my shorthand handle around here.
If Republicans were one-tenth as rough with the congressman who wants to withdraw troops in the middle of a war as they are on a congresswoman who calls it cowardly to withdraw troops in the middle of a war, we might have a functioning Republican Party.
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Coulter has just expressed the reason why I'm not giving so much as a dime to the Republican fundraisers. I'll vote for Republicans (if I like them), but I will not write checks to support this kind of nonsense. Republicans are in control of the House and the Senate--not to mention the Presidency. If they can't lead, maybe they shouldn't run next time, and make way for someone who CAN.
They are not the same, and if you were "intellectually honest," you wouldn't be saying that. Are Republicans mooshy right now? You bet. But they do know the difference between fighting a war, and surrendering--at least when it comes to Iraq. In politics, it's a different matter.
I don't watch B&B but I still know what "nads" are.
Well, it's a bit like Marc Antony calling Caesar's murderers "Honorable Men" before he denounced them to the mob. They are a bunch of wussies though. Roman Senate, same way.
Why oh why can't one of them shoot back with "you're damn right I'm questioning his patriotism!"
Better yet, start dropping the T-BOMBs.
The words TREASON and TRAITORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We used to call that guts so we could be gender equal. Why did it have to switch to a male only part of the anatomy?
Well put, Ann. ...again. :-)
Who says he had any honor as a Marine? Let him prove it to me. Who says those aren't "Kerry" purple hearts? I don't believe it because Murtha has been an anti-troop liberal for the last 20 years. He's an example of all that's bad about porcine politicians. Harrumph.
We went through the same crap with Cindy Sheehag with everyone kissing her butt until they realized what a traitor she really was. I prefer to say that military service then does NOT give you a free pass now. Many a military or intelligence man has gone over to the enemy.
Yeah, good time to be an independent. Make them earn your vote.
The vote was 403-3. The Republicans disagreed with Murtha on POLICY, while making it clear that they were not personally attacking the man. That was the correct approach. Ann, however, has bought into the notion that it's not enough to disagree on policy; vicious personal attacks are necessary. That's 'Rat logic; we're better than that (although she isn't).
In order to make her point, she had to quote Henry Hyde on his praise only, and leave out the remark that "among his great qualities, infallibility is not one of them." Ann has become an intellectually dishonest attack dog who plays to emotion, not logic. She's no better than the 'Rats who can't do anything other than launch personal attacks.
I can't wait for the day when the President makes Ann his Sister Souljah.
If you had bothered to pay attention to his career, or at least to his words on the House floor during the debate on the resolution, then you would know that Murtha has consistently advocated MORE spending and MORE troops for 20 years.
He is wrong on Iraq, but to claim that he has been anti-troop for 20 years is just ignorant.
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