The Earmark Ogre Embarrasses Himself Once Again

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The Politico spells out some problems for Murtha, and the Democrats, via his statement yesterday that the surge was working:

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the
House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says
the “surge is working.” This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders, who are blocking
approval of the full $200 billion being sought by President Bush for
combat operations in Iraq in 2008.

Murtha’s latest comments are also a stark reversal from what he
said earlier in the year. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the
powerful Defense Subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee,
has previously stated that the surge “is not working” and the United
States faced a military disaster in Iraq. …

But Pelosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National
Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions
from reporters regarding Murtha’s statement on the surge.

“This could be a real headache for us,” said one top House
Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Pelosi is
going to be furious.”

Yup, Nancy is going is to be one pissed off lady and it appears her nails came out and dug themselves into Johnboy since he is backtracking today:

Following a headline-grabbing uproar, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania,
moved swiftly Friday to clarify earlier remarks that seemed to suggest
the Iraq surge policy was working.

The surge, he said in a
statement, “has created a window of opportunity for the Iraqi
government,” but so far the Iraqi government has “failed to capitalize
on the political and diplomatic steps that the surge was designed to
provide.”

“The fact remains that the war in Iraq cannot be won
militarily, and that we must begin an orderly redeployment of U.S.
forces from Iraq as soon as practicable,” said the chair of the House
Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.

Which just proves to me how dishonest this politician is.  He can’t even stand up for a what he knows is true.  Our troops and our leaders have done a magnificent job over there and have turned it all around. 

The man (and I use that term loosely) convicts our Marines before any evidence comes in to score political points, he derides our war effort to score political points, he makes idiotic suggestions such as moving our troops to Okinawa and monitor the situation to score political points (this from a former military man?).  Hell The Politico itself added some quotes for good measure:

Murtha told CNN on July 12, following a Bush speech, that the
president’s views on the success of  surge in Iraq were “delusional.”

“Well it’s delusional to say the least,” Murtha told CNN’s Wolf
Blitzer. “As I said earlier, and you heard me say it, it’s a failed
policy wrapped in illusion. Nothing’s gotten better. Incidents have
increased. We have had more Americans killed in the last four months
than any other period during the war.”

Murtha added: “I don’t acknowledge there has been any progress made.
Maybe in Baghdad. But it just breaks out someplace else. We called for
extra troops two years ago. We put money in for 30,000 troops. They
haven’t even been able to raise the 30,000 troops they have. So they
have to break all their guidelines. But there’s no progress being made.”

Back on June 3, during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Murtha bashed the White House for “making excuses” on Iraq.

 “They [the White House] keep saying the news media is being
negative,” Murtha said. “They keep making excuses for the lack of
progress. I’ve been hearing this month after month and I’m absolutely
convinced right now the surge isn’t working and I’m convinced that if
they don’t pay attention to what I’m saying and a lot of other members
of Congress are saying they’re going to have a disaster on their hands
because the American public want the troops out of Iraq.”

He’s a earmark ogre who will say anything and do anything to stay in power, plain and simple.  He obviously sees the numbers:

The latest Rasmussen Reports tracking poll finds that 47% of Americans
now say the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror (see
crosstabs). That’s up from 43% a month ago and reflects is the highest
level of confidence measured since December 2005. Over the past 35
months, confidence in the War on Terror has been higher than today only
twice, in November and December 2005.

The 47% who believe the U.S. and its allies are winning is up
significantly from earlier in the year. During the first nine months of
2007, the number believing that the U.S. fell as low as 33% and reached
the 40% level just once. During calendar year 2006, an average of 40%
believed the U.S. and its allies were winning. That average was 45% in
2005.

In what may be just as significant a finding, only 24% of voters now
believe the terrorists are winning. That’s down from 30% a month ago
and represents the lowest level of pessimism recorded since 2004.

And thought it was a good idea to get in on the parade section before it left him completely behind.  The rest of the world already knows the surge is working, so why shouldn’t he acknowledge it huh? 

The Democrats let him know why quite quickly.

Their latest attempt to force a cut and run from Iraq by forcing the latest supplemental bill to be rewritten can’t go over real good when the earmark ogre says things are working.  So like any good lapdog politician he backtracks.

Can this guy be anymore embarrassing?

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“This could be a real headache for us,” said one top House Democratic aide

Now just WHY does this Democratic quote about the Surge sound familiar…….?

It gets more interesting. I mentioned earlier that a good way to get funding for the conflict in Iraq and Afganistan regardless of threatened cut backs, was to “cancel” orders for military projects that are made in key districts. The senators would turn around and fund these projects anyways.

I now have more proof that this strategy works.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071130/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/marines_armored_vehicles_14

Congress members have no intention of starving the Pentagon by hurting their own districts.

Rasmussen has also polled Americans on other questions concerning Iraq. When these are not mentioned one may wonder if it is because the results are not as favorable to your arguments.
Take for instance Rasmussen’s poll of Nov 15th on when the US troops should come home.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/the_war_in_iraq/iraq_troop_withdrawal For the third week in a row that percentage has gone up 2%. The most recent poll shows
28% want them brought home immediately
35% want them brought home within 1 year
32% want them to remain until the mission is complete.

Americans have reached the point where the situation of who is winning and who is losing is not their major concern. Americans just want our troops home and safe.
When I want to look at polling data I usually go to http://www.PollingReport.com which provides polls on the same subject from a variety of organizations, not just one company.
http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm

But I also go to Intrade.com the political futures board to see where people are willing to back up their stated views with real money.
https://www.intrade.com/aav2/trading/tradingHTML.jsp?evID=23190&eventSelect=23190&updateList=true&showExpired=false

For all you Fred Head’s out there he has now fallen to 80-1 to win the White House so now is the time to cash out your 401s and then retire as multi millionaire.

If you believe Vegas when it comes to political predictions, then you probably still think Kerry beat Gore in 04

I always laugh when he brings up those Vegas odds. Only a lefty.

Murtha says:

“Well it’s delusional to say the least,” Murtha told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “As I said earlier, and you heard me say it, it’s a failed policy wrapped in illusion. Nothing’s gotten better. Incidents have increased. We have had more Americans killed in the last four months than any other period during the war.

During that 120 days, 1.8 X 120 = 216 troops KIA.

During those same 120 days, 480,000 pre-born also were KIA and also Americans in their own war on terror.

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