Well, I’m sure he’s “leading” a majority at democraticunderground, DailyKos and MoveOn anyway.
Congressman Jack Murtha has led the cheering against our troops for several months now. He started by calling for their immediate (his word) withdrawal from Iraq, because the “military is broken” and “we can’t win.” This hyperbole is unworthy of a Congressman and doubly unworthy of a former Marine. Even if he really believes it, his choice of words and forum argue more for calling it a PR stunt.
We now have more evidence to support the supposition that Murtha’s motivation is personal gain. For a few weeks he’s been reviving his credentials as a dove by calling for some Marines, who appear to have been involved in civilian deaths at Haditha, to be convicted of murder without the presentation of evidence or the inconvenience of a trial.
Last October, nobody had ever heard of Jack Murtha, now he’s mounting a premature run for the position of House Majority Leader – after the Democrats regain control of the House in November, of course. He’s interviewed on national TV all the time now. I guess depicting our troops as burned-out mass-murderers is working out for him.
We still do not know what actually happened at Haditha. Neither does Murtha, but his comments have already done more damage to the United States than would result from all his charges being true. If Murtha’s hyberbole proves false, the terrorists will still be able to quote him for years. He’ll be on al-Qaeda recruiting posters.
We are hearing the first faint suggestions that Murtha’s suppositions are indeed false. TOC noted some yesterday.
Today, we hear a little more. The Washington Post published a story based on the account of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, who –
led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha, Iraq, that left as many as 24 civilians dead said his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings, his attorney said.
Let’s wait for more information, shall we? I mean, the troops in Iraq deserve at least the same consideration as Murtha’s colleague Congressman William Jefferson.