As you know, John Murtha has “said he would attach language to a war funding bill that would prohibit the redeployment of units that have been at home for less than a year, stop the extension of tours beyond 12 months and prohibit units from shipping out if they do not train with all of their equipment. His aim, he made clear, is not to improve readiness but to ‘stop the surge.’ So why not straightforwardly strip the money out of the appropriations bill, an action Congress is clearly empowered to take, rather than try to micromanage the Army in a way that may be unconstitutional? Because, Mr. Murtha said, it will deflect accusations that he is trying to do what he is trying to do. ‘What we are saying will be very hard to find fault with,’ he said.”
We Marines maintain that except for Lee Harvey Oswald, there is no such thing as an “ex-Marine.” I believe that John Murtha has just joined that small club.
And more on how those who wail about shredding the Constitution are the very ones doing it….
BILL SAMMON from FOX News’ Special Report last night: The other thing is his plan to put these restrictions on troop deployments and so forth is essentially micromanaging the war and is a constitutional power grab. That is up to the commander in chief, the Congress has the power of the purse, they can cut off funding or they can fund it, or they can partially fund it, but they cannot micromanage the war. The actual execution and prosecution of the war is up to the commander in chief.
We hear all this talk about Bush, you know, grabbing power from the legislative branch, well, this is the legislative branch trying to grab the legitimate constitutional power from the executive branch.
Keep going down this path Pelosi & Murtha. There is an angry American public at the end of the road when your actions bring about defeat against al-Qaeda.
And personally, I cannot wait for a unanimous Supreme Court to weigh in on the side of the Executive Branch in this battle. (Of course then the Democrats will claim the Court is illegitimate, just like they do with all elections they lose).