Saturday, November 19, 2005

Saturday news

Car bombings in Iraq have killed 137 in the past two days, according to the Washington Post's count.

Deep, sectarian divides are evident in Iraqi towns with mixed demographics, New York Times.

The Washington Post ledes with Jean Schmidt (possibly) ending her political career (but burries the best grafs):

Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) drafted a simpler resolution calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops, saying it was a fair interpretation of Murtha's intent. Members were heatedly debating a procedural rule concerning the Hunter resolution when Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) was recognized at 5:20 p.m. Schmidt won a special election in August, defeating Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, and is so new to Congress that some colleagues do not know her name.

She told colleagues that "a few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp," an Ohio legislator and Marine Corps Reserve officer. "He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

EEP, from the Los Angeles Times (emphasis added):

During the debate, House members frequently spoke out of turn. The presiding officer repeatedly called for order.

At one point, Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee and other Democrats surged toward the Republican side of the chamber, after Rep. Jean Schmidt, an Ohio Republican, suggested that Murtha — the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee and the recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star — was a coward.

Juan Cole on the festive end to Congress before the holiday break:

Murtha was viciously attacked for his judicious resolution, and this courageous and honorable man was smeared as some sort of coward by persons who wouldn't know an M-16 from a 5 iron.

Ironically enough, General Casey was at the same time giving Rumsfeld a plan for US troop withdrawal!

Bush vows to continue in Iraq, Washington Post:

"In Washington, there are some who say that the sacrifice is too great and they urge us to set a date for withdrawal before we have completed our mission," he told several thousand service members in a drafty hangar at the headquarters of the 7th Air Force, the main U.S. Air Force unit in South Korea. "Those who are in the fight know better."

One brigade commander wants to "finish the job" in Iraq, Army Times:

Col. James Brown, commander of the 56th Brigade Combat Team of the Texas National Guard, said the job his soldiers are doing conducting convoy operations in Iraq is important to the security of Iraq and the region.

Some interesting food for thought from The Colossus (still mulling).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud Jean Schmidt from Ohio, she finally gotten the loud mouth lying democrats off their butts. People from Ohio should be proud of her.
I respect Rep Murtha for his service in this country, however I think his party turned him into an old grumpy gizzard. He has been a democrat for too long and Nancy Pelosi has had him brainwashed with her leftist agenda.

4:17 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

I find it comical that Murtha is likened to Michael Moore and Nancy Pelosi. Next, you'll all be calling him a North East liberal (from western Penn.)

Schmidt broke a long standing rule on order within the House. She's going to be in trouble in 2006.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

What rule did she break?

4:02 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Meanwhile, I think that this was one of the most positive and effective political stunts I've seen in a while: If Democrats still make dumb comments, as Murtha did last week, their own votes will be held over their heads.

4:03 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Ezzie, I object to the characterization of Murtha's comments as "dumb". They may not constitute the best policy suggestion, however, I believe he spent a great deal of time and effort developing his ideas. It is too bad that the GOP moved to dismiss his work in sugh an manner.

9:59 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Though it was effective, i'll grant you that.

10:00 AM  

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