Uh oh, ABSCAM Jack is having trouble keeping his story straight now. (h/t – GatewayPundit).
General Briefed Murtha After Murder Comment – Associated Press
The head of the U.S. Marine Corps briefed Rep. John Murtha on the Haditha case after the vocal war critic publicly said Marines had killed innocent civilians in that Iraqi city, the Corps said on Thursday.
Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, is being sued by one of the accused Marines for libel. He had told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Gen. Michael Hagee had given him the information on which he based his charge that Marines killed innocent civilians.
But a spokesman for the Marine Corps said Hagee briefed Murtha on May 24 about Haditha. Murtha had made comments on the case as early as May 17.
A Two-Front War For Murtha – Philadelphia Inquirer
Asked about this in the interview, Murtha said the information came from Gen. Michael Hagee, the commandant of the Marine Corps, in a one-on-one conversation the day before Hagee made a trip to Iraq. Hagee did not use the term “in cold blood,” he added.
Col. Dave Lapan, a Marine spokesman, disputed Murtha’s account.
He said the commandant did brief Murtha about the Haditha incident. But he said that was on May 24, a week after Murtha made his public comment. The next day, May 25, Hagee left for Iraq, he said.
I have reserved judgment on all of these “military gone murdering” stories, since the “Koran down the toilet at Gitmo” story turned out to be a lie. So I would have hoped that a Congressman and former Marine would have the same courtesy to consider his fellow Marines “innocent until proven guilty.” But Murtha did not. He convicted them in the media even though (at the time) the investigation wasn’t complete and no charges have been filed (as of today). It is quite possible there will be charges in Haditha, but at the time of Murtha’s outrage that was not clear at all.
I would agree that Murtha as well as a number of his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate are indeed “Fifth Columnists.”
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines fifth column as “a group of secret sympathizers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defense lines or national borders.”
I certainly do not see MadLibDems acting like they want America to win World War III.