Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Lie Of The Day

"When I spoke up about Haditha, my intention was to draw attention to the horrendous pressure put on our troops in Iraq."
John Murtha

Oh, please. When Murtha said our troops were guilty of "cold-blooded murder and war crimes," it was not out of any compassion for them, or to alert us about the conditions they serve under in Iraq. It was to further his career and fame -- a career that was lackluster and fame that was nonexistent until he hit on the idea of attacking the U.S. military and the Administration's leadership in the War on Terror.

Murtha is the poster old guy of a group that really, really bugs me: People who fought for their country when it was threatened, but want to deny us the opportunity for us to fight for it now, when it is once again threatened.

The quote above came frmo Murtha in response to a lawsuit filed against him by Frank Wuterich, who is under investigation for the Haditha incident. AP says:

The suit contends Pentagon officials "who have briefed or leaked information to Mr. Murtha deliberately provided him with inaccurate and false information" and that Murtha subsequently "has made repeated statements .... that are defamatory" to Wuterich and his fellow Marines.

The suit accuses Murtha of spreading "false and malicious lies" about Wuterich and his squad that were "intended to serve his own private purpose and interests." Murtha's comments, according to the suit, "have been reproduced by countless third parties throughout the world."

The lawsuit is a fine bit of legal grandstanding that probably won't get too far. It would be a ton of fun to see Murtha under oath, under hostile examination.

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