Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Schmidt has to eat her words again

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) called Rep. Murtha a coward in the House on Friday (11/18), by reading from a conversation she had with one of her constituents. After conferring with Republican leaders, she later asked that her remarks be striken from the record. Now that statement has been rebutted by the constituent she apparently mis-quoted for her own political posturing:

Colonel Denies Disparaging Murtha

By The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 - A colonel in the Marine reserves has taken issue with how his views were represented in a Republican attack last week on Representative Murtha.
Speaking on the House floor on Friday, Representative Jean Schmidt, Republican of Ohio, asserted that the colonel had "asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, marines never do."
But a spokeswoman for the colonel, Danny R. Bubp, said Ms. Schmidt had misconstrued their conversation.
While Mr. Bubp, a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, opposes a quick withdrawal for forces, "he did not mention Congressman Murtha by name nor did he mean to disparage Congressman Murtha," said Karen Tabor, his spokeswoman. "He feels as though the words that Congresswoman Schmidt chose did not represent their conversation."
Asked to respond on Monday, the congresswoman's office said only, "Mrs. Schmidt's statement was never meant to disparage Congressman Murtha."

[HA! Reread that statement above: "SEND...MURTHA A MESSAGE"]

Also has the Murtha and Hunter resolutions for comparison.

And the reason is?

So the reason for staying in Iraq is:
Bush broke Iraq so we have to stay and fix it.
Making it worse is there was no valid reason for breaking it,
since the justification for war was based on lies and incompetence.
Furthermore Bush has increased terrorism by providing them a real-life training ground and giving more people reason to hate the US.



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