Monday, June 19, 2006
Murtha pokes Rove's deferment doughy ass
Congressman Murtha went on Meet the Press w/ Tim Russert yesterday morning. Here's what ensued (video here and transcript here, both courtesy of Crooks & Liars): MURTHA: What happened w/ Zarqawi could have been done, uh, from the outside.It was done from the outside. Our planes went in from the outside. So there's no reason in the world that they can't redeploy the troops. They've become targets; they're caught in civil war. And I feel very strongly about it. RUSSERT: You sure do, Congressman. But so does the WH. Karl Rove... went to NH on Monday, and he talked about Dems who voted for the war, and who have now changed their opinion. Here's what Rove had to say. ROVE: Like too many Democrats, it strikes me they are ready to give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough and when it gets difficult, they fall back on that Party's old pattern of cutting and running. (Strange, but when exactly did Dem FDR advocate "cutting and running" in WWII? Truman in Korea? JFK and Johnson in Vietnam? yeah... I thought so) They may be with you at the first shots, but they're not going to be there for the last, tough battles. They are wrong and profoundly wrong in their approach. MURTHA: He's in NH. He's making a political speech. He's sitting in his air-conditioned office with a big, fat backside saying "Stay the course." That's not a plan. I mean, this guy... I don't know what his military experience is, but that's a political statement. (uh, his military experience would be ZERO Rep Murtha. While you and John Kerry were earning combat medals in Vietnam, Rove got repeated deferments, and get this: Rove's opposition to the Vietnam war was political. He considered the conflict a "political skirmish that was not being properly administered." I know... Black pot: Meet kettle.) Murtha continues: "This is a policy difference between me and the WH. I disagree completely w/ what he's saying." Yeah Rep Murtha... so do a helluva lot of us, too. But why should we leave when things are so fabulous? I mean honestly, when was the last time foreign-born US Embassy workers have been so "motivated" (i.e. terrified) to send a shocking cable that reads: "The daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded internatl zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the US govt."? My guess? Umm... Sometime during the Vietnam War at the US Embassy located in Saigon.