Swiftboating of John Murtha Begins
Desperate to justify their "my way or the highway" stance on the Iraq war, Republicans in the House of Representatives are calling for an investigation into a lobbying firm run by John Murtha and his brother. Raw Story excerpt:
Republican lawmakers say that ties between Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and his brother’s lobbying firm, KSA Consulting, may warrant investigation by the House ethics committee, ROLL CALL reports Friday.
The calls come as Murtha, a former Marine and pro-military Democrat, has made headlines this week by coming out in support of a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
According to a June 13 article in The Los Angeles Times, the fiscal 2005 defense appropriations bill included more than $20 million in funding for at least 10 companies for whom KSA lobbied. Carmen Scialabba, a longtime Murtha aide, works at KSA as well.
Note the language in the first sentence of the excerpt: "May warrant investigation". Well, I can play that game too. President Bush's actions on the U.S.S Lincoln in 2003 when he pretended to land a military aircraft and emerged from it's cockpit wearing a military outfit "may warrant investigation" into allegations that the President impersonated a United States Air Force pilot.
See! Wasn't that fun! Anyway, back to the nitty. Is there any "here" here? I don't know, but $20 million in lobbying fees spread around ten companies is small potatoes compared to what Vice President Cheney's Halliburton and it's dozens of subsidiaries steal every day before lunchtime.
The bottom line here is the same as it has always been with these bastards: Don't like the message, shoot the messenger, especially when the messenger is a decorated war hero who fought in TWO WARS. That would be two more than either Preznit Flight Suit Fantasy or Snarl McF-Bomb fought in, for those keeping score at home.
Just as interesting is Ohio Representative Jean Schmidt's (R - Harridan) attack on Murtha in which she claimed to speak for a U.S. marine. It reminds me of the attacks on Paul Hackett (D - War Veteran) during her state's election in which she claimed that Hackett's Iraq war service consisted of sitting on his ass behind a desk. It just goes to show that the GOP is great at assimilating their new members into their version of the Borg Collective. These people are so far from truth and ethical behavior it isn't even close to being funny.
Judging by Murtha's TV appearances, I think these idiots have bitten off way more than they can chew, and I look forward to Murtha making them eat it raw. The stakes are too high to allow this administration to continue to treat the world like it's own private strip club.