Jack Murtha, War Hero to the Left, in his own WordsWhither the Centrist Democrats? Have they lost their way so soon? Have their bread crumbs already been eaten up by the doves?
Improbable though it may seem, blunt and brassy Jack Murtha is moving close to command over U.S. policy on Iraq.
Washington insider Robert Novak has a must read article explaining how Murtha, in cahoots with Pelosi, and despite his failure to become majority leader in November, has managed to pull off a management coup that seems likely to cause an extreme negative impact on the President's ability to serve as Commander in Chief.
Even the editorial board at the Washington Post is horrified. But not Pelosi, whose smiling face at her victory was seen all around the media last week.
From the Washington Post:
Mr. Murtha ... would stop the surge by crudely hamstringing the ability of military commanders to deploy troops. In an interview carried Thursday by the Web site MoveCongress.org, Mr. Murtha said he would attach language to a war funding bill that would prohibit the redeployment of units that have been at home for less than a year, stop the extension of tours beyond 12 months, and prohibit units from shipping out if they do not train with all of their equipment. His aim, he made clear, is not to improve readiness but to "stop the surge." So why not straightforwardly strip the money out of the appropriations bill -- an action Congress is clearly empowered to take -- rather than try to micromanage the Army in a way that may be unconstitutional? Because, Mr. Murtha said, it will deflect accusations that he is trying to do what he is trying to do. "What we are saying will be very hard to find fault with," he said.
Mr. Murtha's cynicism is matched by an alarming ignorance about conditions in Iraq.
Thus Murtha. Corrupt, cynical and too full of himself not to crow ahead of time about his Machiavellan plot to usurp Presidential powers by micromanaging the war. Which may prove to be its undoing. For whatever it's worth, he is an elected official, and his public, if they ever sicken of this nonnsense, has redress.
Bryan, at Hot Air adds:
How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a political party’s cynicism, cowardice, irresponsibility and narcissism? Ask Jack Murtha, because that’s exactly what he’s asking of our troops fighting in Iraq.
Unfortunately, not everyone on Pelosi's team to undermine America and American values has been elected. Which leads me to my next point.
Here's another fact about Pelosi's new management team you may not know. She recently hired Joseph Onek to be her Senior Counsel. Who is Joseph Onek? And why might this be a problem? He formerly served in both the Carter and Clinton administration. But that is not the problem I am referring to here.
[H]is more recent work as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Open Society Institute (OSI) should be of deep concern to all Americans. The Open Society Institute is a creation of billionaire atheist George Soros. This virulently anti-Christian man operates what some have called a "shadow government” in America – a network of groups and radical individuals who wish to control America's social and national security policies.
Here are some facts about the Soros funded group, the Open Society:
The current president of OSI is Aryeh Neier, who as director of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy, founded the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) back in 1959. OSI's Director of U.S. Advocacy is Morton Halperin, a man who has devoted his entire life to subverting America's intelligence efforts to fight domestic and international threats. Halperin is a former Carter and Clinton official who has consistently attacked the work of the CIA.
As you read this, keep in mind the profile of George Soros in his own words that we recently discussed here on Abracadabrah:
On December 20, 1998, there appeared this exchange between Soros and Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes":That's the man, using his money, to influence American governance in any way that he can.
Kroft: "You're a Hungarian Jew ..."
Kroft: "... who escaped the Holocaust ..."
Kroft: "... by posing as a Christian."
Kroft: "And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps."
Soros: "Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that's when my character was made."
Kroft: "In what way?"
Soros: "That one should think ahead. One should understand that--and anticipate events and when, when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a-- a very personal threat of evil."
Kroft: "My understanding is that you went ... went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews."
Soros: "Yes, that's right. Yes."
Kroft: "I mean, that's--that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?"
Soros: "Not, not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't ... you don't see the connection. But it was--it created no--no problem at all."
Kroft: "No feeling of guilt?"
Kroft: "For example, that, 'I'm Jewish, and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be these, I should be there.' None of that?"
Soros: "Well, of course, ... I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was--well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in the markets--that is I weren't there--of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would--would--would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the--whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the--I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt."
More on Soros here.