Sunday, February 25, 2007

WP: Murtha Interview with MoveCongress Killed Plan

The Washington Post notes that it was Murtha's interview with that killed his plan to force re-deployment from Iraq by attaching un-meetable conditions:

The plan was bold: By tying President Bush's $100 billion war request to strict standards of troop safety and readiness, Democrats believed they could grab hold of Iraq war policy while forcing Republicans to defend sending troops into battle without the necessary training or equipment.

But a botched launch by the plan's author, Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), has united Republicans and divided Democrats, sending the latter back to the drawing board just a week before scheduled legislative action, a score of House Democratic lawmakers said last week.

"If this is going to be legislation that's crafted in such a way that holds back resources from our troops, that is a non-starter, an absolute non-starter," declared Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah), a leader of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

That was predicted here just over a week ago. Among major columnists, Bob Novak is the only one I saw who got it right.

Hat Tip: Blue Crab

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