Rep. John Murtha: a fountain of misinformation

Posted by: ST on March 29, 2006 at 12:54 pm

Stephen Hayes writes:

REPRESENTATIVE John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, March 19, to evaluate the war in Iraq on its third anniversary. Murtha, a decorated veteran and longtime hawk, has become a leading spokesman for his party on the war. And on the show, he spoke of what “probably worries me the most” about the U.S. effort in Iraq. The war, said Murtha, is a diversion from the global war on terror.

“There was no terrorism in Iraq before we went there,” said Murtha. “None. There was no connection with al Qaeda, there was no connection with, with terrorism in Iraq itself.” This is now the conventional wisdom on Iraq and terrorism. It is wrong.

Read on for Hayes’ explanation of just how wrong Murtha is. To put it delicately, what Murtha said was a – ahem – fabrication.

Hat tip: Media Lies (via ST reader Fat Tone)

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21 Responses to “Rep. John Murtha: a fountain of misinformation”


  1. CavalierX says:

    At least now we know whose water steve’s been carrying.

  2. steve says:

    Murtha, does know the condition of the military and I believe him when he tell’s me it’s breaking down from normal wear and tear. How long can any military continue operations in a desert war setting before the equipment falls apart? That is Murtha’s point, not that the soldiers can’t do their jobs. Are you aware that the US is buying excess ammuntion from third countries like Israel and Italy, because we can’t manufacture it fast enough? How long can you fight if you run out of bullets. It’s time to leave Iraq. Peace

  3. ArizonaTeach says:

    But steve, why should we believe Murtha, who has been shown repeatedly to be just flat out wrong — intentionally or unintentionally — so many times, instead of trusting, you know, everyone else? Pericles.

  4. HadaAbeche says:

    The Murtha plan, a strategy that will pull all our forces back to Kuwait, just in case they’re needed to support the Iraqi security forces we will be abandoning to the terrorists we swore to fight. And when they are needed, what do we have to do….? Redeploy in force across what will now be even more hostile territory after stripping ourselves of all the intelligence and recon we have while we’re in place now.

  5. benning says:

    Murtha the Duck – quacking like an imbecile.

  6. steve says:

    The way out of Iraq is through Iran. We should immediately re-establish full diplomatic relations with Iran. Peace

  7. blogagog says:

    I agree with steve. The exit strategy from Iraq is through Iran. We could link up the UN forces and the coalition forces in Teheran.

  8. Jack Deth says:

    Hi, blogagog:

    Someone should let Steve know that “Exit Strategies” and “Diplomacy” are for after the fighting is over.

    Not before or during the prosecution of War.

    I’ve no problem with going through Iran, Syria and Jordan to achieve Victory against the Splodeydopes.


  9. J says:

    Said Captain Robertson: “It’s much more sophisticated than those training camps we found in Afghanistan. It has a permanent obstacle course, which rivals anything our Marines have back at Camp Pendleton.”

    Ooh – good find, Sistah! I’ll bet they kept the WMD’s right under the jungle gym.

    Try being honest next time and using the name you’ve used to post here before, “jac”. –ST

  10. Jim M says:

    Hey Steve(FN) Murtha has been proven wrong over and over again he just up to the same old crap “tell a lie often enough and loud enough with the help of the MSM some people will believe it as the truth”. The only equipment that is falling apart is you Steve(FN).

    Are you aware that the US is buying excess ammunition from third countries like Israel and Italy, because we can’t manufacture it fast enough?

    Wow another revelation from Steve(FN) let the brilliance shine through, we may be purchasing ammo from other country’s I myself have bought Russian ammunition 500 rounds of 7.62×39 for $50.00 good ammo and cheap. I also have seen tons of ammo at the Bass Pro Shop and Wal-Mart I some how don’t think the military is running out of ammo. If and that’s a big if our munitions factories are slow at manufacturing ammunition it could be caused by frivolous and stupid law suites brought on by the Gun grabbing liberals in this country. Sssoooo if our military is running out of US made ammunition we could once again blame it on the loony liberal left in this country.

    How long can you fight if you run out of bullets?

    I don’t know Steve(FN) why don’t you tell us as you ran out of ammo a long time ago.


  11. steve says:

    Nero, spoke again yesterday about Iraq, and how well things are going there. Nero, reminded us, again, that we will stay in Iraq until we are either all dead or bankrupt. Isn’t the violin music and aren’t the circuses wonderful? So soothing and distracting. Peace

  12. Severian says:

    Nero is the wrong emperor steveo, Vespasian would be more appropriate.

  13. Jim M says:

    Severian you’ll have to excuse Steve(FN) it’s a little hard for him to read or type looking through his navel he can only use one eye at a time.

  14. steve says:

    I beg to differ, Nero is known as Rome’s worst emperor and bush will be known as America’s worst President. Peace

  15. NC Cop says:

    Please, steve, tell us what wonderful media outlets you use to determine just how bad things are going in Iraq? I would really love to know. NBC? CBS? The New York Times? ABC? CNN? How do you arrive at your conclusions? Please do tell.

  16. CavalierX says:

    >NBC? CBS? The New York Times? ABC? CNN?

    Please don’t forget that al-Jazeera has an English language version. You think I’m making a joke? I had some Liberal quoting a “news” story at me on another web site. I tracked it down and found the original was published at Of course, once I exposed his source, he went away… or changed his name.

    Who knows, it might have even been steve.

  17. sanity says:

    Cav I thought CNN WAS the English version of Al-Jazeera.

  18. CavalierX says:

    Ha, good point.

  19. steve says:

    The biggest hawk in the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, said today that the troops should be out of Iraq before the years end. The war in Iraq, bush’s war, seems to only be supported by the extreme Rightwing-nuts of the Republican Party, at this time. You know, the same folks that gave us this debacle of an illegal and pre-emptive war. Peace

  20. sanity says:

    if the democrats are serious then they should cut the funding.

    They control the purse strings.

    write your congressman then steve and tell him to stop all funding of the troops.

  21. NC Cop says:

    The dems had their chance to vote to immediately remove the troops. Almost all of them voted against it. I’m curious, steve, does that mean that they support the “evil, Bush war machine”?? Your annoying tag line is “bring the troops home now”, since the dems voted against it, doesn’t that mean they support it???

    If so, do you go to the liberal web sites and bash the dems??
    I eagerly await your answer…….