Sunday, June 25, 2006

U.S. More Dangerous Than North Korea, Iran
John "In Cold Blood" Murtha still hasn't realized that magically reviving a political career that was effectively stilled in 1980 is a near miraculous task to succeed in. I respect John Murtha's service to this country in the military. I do not respect his shady ventures as a politician, nor his slander of today's military and our nation. Maybe Jean Schmidt was wrong to call him a coward, because though the shoe fits, shyster would have been more appropriate. You can read more about Rep. Murtha's latest in this article, which also gives a brief desciption of his involvement with the Abscam scandal of 1980.
Jack Murtha proves there are second acts in American politics. I had forgotten that federal prosecutors designated him an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam investigation 26 years ago. I was reminded of it after Murtha became a candidate for majority leader, not by a Republican hit man but a Democratic former colleague in the House. In a long political career, Murtha has made bitter enemies inside his party who are alarmed by his new stature.

Murtha got into politics in 1968 as a 36-year-old highly decorated Marine and in 1974 became the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. By 1980, Murtha was a lieutenant of Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill and was moving to the top in the House when the FBI named him as one of eight members of Congress videotaped being offered bribes by a phony Arab sheik.

The other seven congressional targets took cash and were convicted in federal court. The videotape showed Murtha declining to take cash but expressing interest in further negotiations, while bragging about his political influence. Murtha testified against the popular Rep. Frank Thompson in the Abscam case, which created lifelong enemies in the Democratic cloakroom. The House Ethics Committee exonerated Murtha of misconduct charges by a largely party-line vote, after which the committee's special counsel resigned in protest.
So... this fellow, who showed interest in taking bribes from Arab sheiks has the audacity to refer to our troops as cold blooded killers, our nation as the greatest threat to world peace, and proposes we immediately redeploy our troops to Okinawa.

Anything to score a political point or some quick cash, eh John? Anything at all.

Comments on "U.S. More Dangerous Than North Korea, Iran"

 

Anonymous Theo said ... (3:01 PM) : 

Newsflash:
A majority of the country believes as Murtha does about the war.
He's not "outside the mainstream", you guys are.
Bummer, huh?

 

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