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Defense Official Contradicts Murtha Claim that Petraeus Didn't 'Talk to Any of Us'
CNS News ^ | May 3, 2007 | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/03/2007 8:52:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this week criticized Gen. David Petraeus for not meeting with members of Congress during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to report on the status of operations in Iraq, but not only did the commander of Multinational Force - Iraq meet with hundreds of lawmakers, he personally briefed Murtha himself.

Murtha told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday, "They bring Petraeus back - purely political move. Petraeus comes back here. He doesn't talk to any of us. He only talks to the news media and so forth trying to sell this program."

But a senior Defense Department official told Cybercast News Service that Petraeus personally briefed Murtha and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an April 24 phone conference that lasted 20-30 minutes.

The following day, Petraeus conducted two 90-minute, top-secret level operations intelligence briefings for representatives and senators.

The first, to which all members of the House of Representatives had been invited, was attended by 250 congressmen, and the second was attended by 86 senators. After brief opening statements at the two briefings, Petraeus spent the remaining time answering questions from the congressmen in attendance.

"These were two of the most widely attended operations intelligence briefings in recent memory," the Pentagon official said.

The official also disputed Murtha's claim that Petraeus' briefings were a "purely political move."

"Members of the military are inherently non-political. Moreover, General Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by this Senate. He is their man, reporting to them on operations in Iraq. There is nothing political about that," the official said.

Attempts to obtain reaction from Murtha's office Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.

Roll Call reported on April 18 that Pelosi had initially declined the Pentagon's request to arrange a meeting for Petraeus with members of the House.

"According to an administration official, Pelosi and Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) initially declined recent requests from the Defense Department to schedule a briefing ... panel aides said they were 'too busy' to schedule a meeting next week, the administration official said. A second attempt to set up a briefing with the Speaker's office was likewise declined," the newspaper reported.

House Minority Leader John Boehner [R-Ohio] criticized Pelosi's reluctance to meet in person with Petraeus.

The Washington Times on April 26 quoted Boehner as saying that Pelosi had met with President Bashar Assad of Syria - designated a state sponsor of terror by the State Department - but that she "somehow can't find the time to meet with the American general in charge of our troops fighting the global war on terror."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: democrat; demoncrat; demonrat; iraq; liar; murtha; pennsylvania; petraeus; senate; senator; traitor; wot
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1 posted on 05/03/2007 8:52:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
So Murtha is a liar.

Do I really have to say it?

L

2 posted on 05/03/2007 8:54:40 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing 'moderate' islam to 'extremist' islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: Kaslin

They just forgot to invite the list titled “Traitors”.


3 posted on 05/03/2007 8:55:49 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Kaslin

Anyone here surprised the Murtha was caught in yet *another* lie....”Anyone*???....


4 posted on 05/03/2007 8:55:49 AM PDT by NickatNite2003 (From the Man from Hope" to the wife who snarls "Abandon All Hope!")
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To: Kaslin
The Washington Times on April 26 quoted Boehner as saying that Pelosi had met with President Bashar Assad of Syria - designated a state sponsor of terror by the State Department - but that she "somehow can't find the time to meet with the American general in charge of our troops fighting the global war on terror."

That's because she wants to make nice with state sponsors of terror, and has no interest in winning, or even prosecuting, a war on terror. She and her comrades can vehemently deny this all they want, but their actions tell us where they stand.

5 posted on 05/03/2007 8:57:45 AM PDT by Emile (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. --Plato)
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To: Kaslin

bump


6 posted on 05/03/2007 8:58:26 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: NickatNite2003

I’m sure Matthews will call attention to Murtha’s lie on his show tonight. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


7 posted on 05/03/2007 8:58:31 AM PDT by Russ
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To: Kaslin

If I ruled the world, Murtha would face a MILITARY firing squad by sunset today. This man is a deplorable, lying, rat bastard!


8 posted on 05/03/2007 8:59:13 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I like Fred, but WILL be supporting the Republican nominee.)
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To: Kaslin; bmwcyle; desherwood7; FairOpinion; Fedora; freema; Just A Nobody; pandoraou812; RedRover; ..
Murtha Watch Ping!

Is murtha a liar or senile? I believe both.

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9 posted on 05/03/2007 9:01:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Kaslin

So he talked to the General on April 24...that was 9 days ago. Short-term memory loss is a sign of senility, not that we needed any more signs in Benedict Murtha’s case.


10 posted on 05/03/2007 9:02:12 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Kaslin

This is beneath disgraceful!! John al-Murtha is a vicious, dishonest demagogue, like so many of his fellow ‘Rats. He is smearing a great general who has more value in his (Petraeus’) little finger than Murtha has in his entire pathetic existence. Murtha is more openly working for US defeat than ever.....


11 posted on 05/03/2007 9:02:27 AM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: Kaslin
I have only one thing left to say to idiots like Murtha and Kucinich. Either the United States did the right thing in 1991 by liberating Kuwait, did the right things all through the 1990's and did the right thing by signing the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998 OR EVERYONE involved in the Federal Government from the early 90's up to Saddam's removal from power lied to the American people to make ALL of us believe that Saddam was a threat.

If he was a threat in the early 90's, a threat in the mid 90's, a threat in 1998 and a threat in 2001-2002, THEN HE WAS A THREAT! None of this BS about viewing history as beginning when President Bush began to talk about Saddam's removal is relevant. Saddam was declared a threat by United States Foreign Policy LONG before 2002.

If they want to keep going down this "I was lied to" path, then ALL politicians should be accused of lying to EVERY American citizen. Otherwise, SHUT UP!
12 posted on 05/03/2007 9:03:37 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (The United States of America is the only country strong enough to go it alone.)
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To: Murtha

Seek swift redemption.

13 posted on 05/03/2007 9:03:47 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: NickatNite2003

I am not


14 posted on 05/03/2007 9:04:16 AM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: Kaslin

Folks, you gotta know your audience...if the General really wanted Murtha there, he would gotten word to Murtha that if he (Murtha) attended the meeting, the General would earmark some military pork deal for Murtha’s district. Follow the money.


15 posted on 05/03/2007 9:04:57 AM PDT by magoo70804
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To: Kaslin

This despicable senile old boot craps in his pants and drools in his oatmeal. I suggest that Murtha be compelled to be the first living adult stem cell donor.


16 posted on 05/03/2007 9:08:08 AM PDT by bikerMD (Beware, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Lurker

To quote another great movie: Oh, You must, You must!


17 posted on 05/03/2007 9:10:34 AM PDT by bpjam (Harry Reid doesn't represent me. I'm an American!)
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To: Emile
The Washington Times on April 26 quoted Boehner as saying that Pelosi had met with President Bashar Assad of Syria - designated a state sponsor of terror by the State Department - but that she "somehow can't find the time to meet with the American general in charge of our troops fighting the global war on terror."

That's because she wants to make nice with state sponsors of terror, and has no interest in winning, or even prosecuting, a war on terror. She and her comrades can vehemently deny this all they want, but their actions tell us where they stand.

On of the lunatics in Boston Tea Party

was making a big deal out of that Secretary of State Rice was meeting in Iraq with her counterpart.

18 posted on 05/03/2007 9:11:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: Kaslin

Remember: Last Saturday was National Impeachment Day. I believe that this “holiday” should not be limited to those the Code Pink gals with bullhorns want impeached.


19 posted on 05/03/2007 9:12:01 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: jazusamo; TigersEye

IMHO Murtha is a flat out liar ,is suffering from dementia & maybe drinking too much. The man needs to go. A rest home where his mouth can’t do more damage would be fine. Maybe a round room or wherever they put the nuts works too.


20 posted on 05/03/2007 9:27:48 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: Kaslin

A mind is just a terrible thing to waste!


21 posted on 05/03/2007 9:31:24 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: jazusamo

I always thought he was a low life but I’m beginning to believe he is mentally ill.


22 posted on 05/03/2007 9:32:02 AM PDT by 4integrity
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To: Kaslin
My father died from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

The short term memory loss, anger, nastiness and paranoia are part of the beginning of Alzheimer’s onset.

23 posted on 05/03/2007 9:35:53 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: jazusamo
Is murtha a liar or senile?

That is a tough one, jaz. After much thought and consideration I will vote.....

B O T H !!!

RESIGN MURTHAWI

24 posted on 05/03/2007 9:36:02 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: 4integrity

I think mental illness is the kindest thing we can say about this. Otherwise, he’s a lying b*stard.


25 posted on 05/03/2007 9:37:06 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Just A Nobody

I like your bashful style, Justa. You gave it much thought and consideration. :-)


26 posted on 05/03/2007 9:39:42 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: RacerF150
If I ruled the world, Murtha would face a MILITARY firing squad by sunset today.

RacerF150 for RULER of the WORLD!!!

27 posted on 05/03/2007 9:40:26 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: RacerF150
If I ruled the world, Murtha would face a MILITARY firing squad by sunset today. This man is a deplorable, lying, rat bastard!

I have a list of traitors to add to that including Kennedy,Kerry, Biden, Schumer, Reid, Pelosi, waxman,Rosie O, Soros, pretty much all of hollywood and most of the democrats, code pink, peta, aclu...gee, I guess it’s better I don’t rule the world - or would that just be cleaning up the gene pool.

28 posted on 05/03/2007 9:45:12 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Emile
quoted Boehner as saying that...

Actually, I believe he said she can travel 6000 miles to meet with.....

29 posted on 05/03/2007 9:51:04 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: keepitreal
Last Saturday was National Impeachment Day

YES it was! What a great turn out they had.

150 in Washington, DC
25 in Richmond, VA
100 or so in Boston, MA
Including women, children, blankets, coolers and buckets!

Has anyone seen numbers for the other locations?

30 posted on 05/03/2007 9:55:11 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Lurker
So Murtha is a liar.

Yup, and now the MSM will drop the story.
31 posted on 05/03/2007 9:56:17 AM PDT by BJClinton (in possession of a large burrito and drugs)
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To: jazusamo; Just A Nobody; Bitsy; Kaslin
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32 posted on 05/03/2007 9:57:16 AM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo
LOL! Actually, I forgot to add one word...

N O W !!!

33 posted on 05/03/2007 9:58:03 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Bitsy
I have a list of traitors to add to that including Kennedy,Kerry, Biden, Schumer, Reid, Pelosi, waxman,Rosie O, Soros, pretty much all of hollywood and most of the democrats, code pink, peta, aclu...gee, I guess it’s better I don’t rule the world - or would that just be cleaning up the gene pool.

I hate (yes HATE) each and every one of them. If they were in trouble and needed help, I could not be a good Christian. The one thing I try to do is keep as much of my money from their pockets as possible. This includes the newspaper, Hollywood, leftist companies (see Progressive Insurance, Costco) and so on. I'm a firm believer that they can not survive without our money.

34 posted on 05/03/2007 9:58:14 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I like Fred, but WILL be supporting the Republican nominee.)
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To: Just A Nobody; Emile

The extent of Middle Eastern petro dollars funding Democratic campaigns needs to be exposed, and then the public might understand Pelosi’s visit more clearly.


35 posted on 05/03/2007 9:59:58 AM PDT by bukkdems (Western democracies! Ban the niqab in public.)
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To: Enchante
He is smearing a great general .....

It is not the first time he has smeared a great general.
IIRC, on one of the Sunday Morning Freak shows last summer he said, why would I believe General Pace? Then continued with some babbling about how he lied all the time.

36 posted on 05/03/2007 10:01:28 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Kaslin

What prevented Murtha and Pelosi from attending the briefing? They were not barred from it, I believe.


37 posted on 05/03/2007 10:01:36 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Kerretarded

Great post!


38 posted on 05/03/2007 10:01:53 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: smoothsailing

Lord help us all!


39 posted on 05/03/2007 10:02:43 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: 4integrity
Possible other causes:
Lead paint chips near his crib.
The Chinese are in charge of the House dining hall.
40 posted on 05/03/2007 10:03:38 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: RacerF150; jazusamo
Thank you for saying what I was too bashful to say!!!
41 posted on 05/03/2007 10:04:06 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: bukkdems

Whoa! More research.........


42 posted on 05/03/2007 10:04:57 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Paperdoll
What prevented Murtha and Pelosi from attending the briefing?

They did not want to go. Simple as that!

43 posted on 05/03/2007 10:06:00 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Just A Nobody; jazusamo; Bitsy; Kaslin
From RedState:

Jack Murtha is a Delusional Windbag (includes video).

44 posted on 05/03/2007 10:07:33 AM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Lurker

liar goes without saying, but I honestly think he’s demented. If he doesn’t have alzheimers, he’s sure got something bearing a close resemblance to it.


45 posted on 05/03/2007 10:10:27 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Kaslin; jazusamo; smoothsailing; RacerF150; Bitsy; Paperdoll
The following day, Petraeus conducted two 90-minute, top-secret level operations intelligence briefings for representatives and senators.

Yeppers...top-secret all right!

Report: Democrat Congressman Lobbies for Code Pink to Sit In On Gen. Petraeus Classified Briefing

46 posted on 05/03/2007 10:13:36 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

Thanks for the link. I’ll catch later...I’ve gotta fly!


47 posted on 05/03/2007 10:14:32 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Kaslin

The traitors lie 24/7 because they are covered and protected by the treasonous media which constitutes 90% of the total media.


48 posted on 05/03/2007 10:16:07 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Just A Nobody; jazusamo
Thank you for saying what I was too bashful to say!!!

It's issues like this where my sense of diplomacy goes AWOL.

49 posted on 05/03/2007 10:18:36 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I like Fred, but WILL be supporting the Republican nominee.)
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To: RacerF150

Ha! You are one step ahead of me! I have never had a sense of diplomacy!!! ;*)


50 posted on 05/03/2007 10:20:26 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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