From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
MIAMI — American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.
Here we have a veteran that is being exploited by the far left anti-war crowd, probably in the waning years of his life, making every speech he can an opportunity to do more damage than he has already been able to do. They snagged Cindy for a season, but now they do not need her, at least not for right now. Why not? They have someone right in the House of Representatives to handle the propaganda machine. Someone that can stir the pot on the inside.
Give them all credit, they do know how to strike while the iron is hot. They do know how to get the ball to the open man. Problem is, the open man cannot shoot and cannot score. They are being extremely irresponsible and Murtha is consenting to his exploitation by them, in exchange for help with future (ahem) goals and aspirations.
What are these goals and aspirations? Many can and do speculate on these kinds of things. There are a few theories that can be advanced, two of which may be reasonable to consider.
One - Murtha wants to be House Majority Leader if the Dems win back the House. This is a risky bet, because despite the disillusionment with some at the GOP, that in itself, does not guarantee a Democratic victory. Maybe this was promised to him, after some meeting, some time ago, before he became a household name. They know that their arguments about Iraq have failed so far, mainly due to their lack of credibility on military issues. But if a Vietnam veteran would be more believable and it will carry more credence than those that never
thought about wearing a uniform.
Two - If the Dems win back the White House (especially if it's Hillary), he wants to be Secretary of Defense. Another risky bet. If this is true, he really is upping the ante and betting more than he can afford to do. Maybe this too was promised or at very least alluded to him, in another one of thise meetings, somewhere, at sometime.
But I think that people know irresponsible and much more so than many in the far left think. And Murtha has been highly irresponsible with his mouth. To make a statement like the one above, knowing the media would put this out, does much more harm than a lot of people may realize. I could go into a long rant about this, and this alone. But I can sum it perfectly with one glance, if you will look at this Cox and Forkum cartoon. (HT on this toon: Mark at Eclipse Ramblings)
Don't get me wrong here. I am not being critical of Rep. Murtha's right to speak and speak irresponsibly. I do not advocate silencing anyone, despite how ignorant they sound. But I can and will counter them with what is the reality of the situation, as I see fit. And in this moment I can honestly say that Jack Murtha (like the vast majority of the Congress) must be replaced. Some need replaced for other reasons, but they still need replaced and I believe that Murtha is at the top of the list.
The voters of his district must look at this man's behavior, past and present, and determine if this is the man they want to be representing them. They must make this choice, because otherwise this man will continue to be a loose cannon, as long as he honestly believes that he can and will win this argument. The left has him deluded and in the process, he has deluded himself. But are the voters of the 12th District of Pennsylvania?
Time will tell.
UPDATE 6-26-06 10:55 EDT
From the Opinion Journal (HT:RCP) comes this essay. Read it.