Entry for August 27, 2006

Image source:  Ken Ashford’s blog.

Spend the morning and early afternoon writing a Sago update for the NRFP which won’t appear due to the fact that there was already enough content by the time I finished, after the late-breaking news of the McCloy and Bennett suits. 

Last night I watched a re-broadcast of watching the first episode of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.  (If you missed it, here’s the schedule of airings.)I tuned in at the tail end of the interview with Spike Lee,  Did get to see Elvis Costello, Markos Zuniga (of DailyKos), former  Senator  Max Cleland (D-GA), Dr. Vali Nasr (Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School since 1993) and columnist Christopher Hitchens.

Topics included Katrina, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and the Time cover article on Hillary Clinton.  What interested me most was Cleland’s decrying of the Republican efforts to wift boat John P. Murtha (D-PA) over the War in Iraq.  Yesterday, Murtha’s campaign issued a release about Cleland’s effort to organize veterans against the attack from “radical right-wing forces in the veterans’ community” aimed at “swift-boating Murtha, like they did former Democratic nominee for president Sen. John Kerry”  at a rally 11 a.m. in Central Park in Johnston, PA to  to show their “solidarity” with Murtha’s “courageous stand against this unnecessary war in Iraq.” 

During his 37 years serving in the United States Marine Corps, Jack Murtha led his brothers in arms with integrity and honor. Semper Fi is not a slogan to Jack Murtha, it’s a way of life – in uniform and in the halls of Congress where he’s put the full force of his unyielding support of our military into real leadership for our troops and military families for over three decades in Washington. There’s a reason why Congressman Murtha is one of our most trusted voices on national security and America’s standing in the world – he speaks his mind, he speaks his heart, and he’s willing to speak truth to power.

Cleland concluded

Let’s speak out against the smears and lies against Congressman Murtha. Let’s stand with our brother who has stood with us. This is our call to arms. We’re a little bit older, we’re a little bit grayer, but we veterans still know how to fight for our country.

Cleland had already joined in efforts in support of Murtha, according to the Patriot Project which has launched “Project Opposite Street Corner” in response to the so-called Vets for Truth’s attack on Murtha, Project Street Corner running under the auspices of the Iowa Presidential Watch PAC.

Cleland is also going to attend a September 27 event for Murtha sponsored by Veterans’s Alliance for Security and Democracy.  On August 1, the the groupissued a press release supporting Murtha.

FactCheck.org had issued an analysis of asttacks on Murtha yesterday, “Misquoting Lincoln:” 

Supporters of President Bush and the war in Iraq often quote Abraham Lincoln as saying members of Congress who act to damage military morale in wartime “are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.”

Republican candidate Diana Irey  [my link] used the “quote” recently in her campaign against Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, and it has appeared thousands of times on the Internet, in newspaper articles and letters to the editor, and in Republican speeches.

But Lincoln never said that. The conservative author who touched off the misquotation frenzy, J. Michael Waller, concedes that the words are his, not Lincoln’s. Waller says he never meant to put quote marks around them, and blames an editor for the mistake and the failure to correct it. We also note other serious historical errors in the Waller article containing the bogus quote.

According to an update today, Irey retracted the quote and apologized hours after this article appeared.  Here’s her press release.

And here’s  a sample about what Irey said about Murtha, according to August 25 press release :

Once again, Jack Murtha is putting out ‘facts’ that just aren’t facts. Earlier this week, Mr. Murtha used the announcement of a recall of Marines as an excuse to once again criticize the war effort….each of the four services is meeting or surpassing their recruiting goals, on both a monthly and an annual basis. Which means that once again, Jack Murtha is using ‘facts’ that are not facts to bolster his argument. This is a matter pertaining to the most important issue of our time, and Mr. Murtha has a responsibility to get the facts right.

Now, one of two things is true: Either Jack Murtha knew he was not telling the truth when he misstated the facts, or he did not. If he knew he was not telling the truth, and said it anyway, he does not have the integrity necessary to be a Member of Congress. If he did not know he was not telling the truth, then he is not competent to be a Member of Congress.

Which is it, Mr. Murtha?


 

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