December 01, 2005

Rise of the NeoCop

I'm trying to formulate a "benefit of the doubt" defense for John Murtha's latest incredible statements that the U.S. military is "Broken, worn out," and "living hand to mouth."

I am failing miserably, as there seems to be only a handful of options to explain his behavior, and few of them are kind.

The first opinion is that Murtha is correct, that the military is falling apart. This statement is very hard to defend, as soldiers are re-enlisting at greater rates than targeted, and are optimistic about chances for success in Iraq.

The second option, highlighted by Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom, is that Murtha is one of a group of Democrats that has fallen prey to a sort of "insane calculus":

—which is the position of the Democratic leadership, at least in the House—argues, in essence, that going to war puts a strain on our troops, and that protecting ourselves is impossible if our troops are stretched thin from protecting us.

In other words, Murtha's unhinged defense is that the Army shouldn't be used to fight, because we might need them for war.

Another option highlighted by lawhawk at A Blog For All, is that of his own incompetence:

unless the Constitution of the US has been changed lately (and it hasn't), it's Congress' job to make sure that the Army is properly funded to provide for the common Defense (Article I, Sec. 8, Clause 1 and Clause 12). So, if there is a problem, it's up to Murtha and his colleagues in Congress to make sure that the military is properly funded so that it has the proper levels of equipment and supplies.

Congressman Murtha, ranking member and former chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, is admitting his gross incompetence.

Or perhaps there is another factor in play entirely.

Murtha is emerging as one of several Vallandigham pretenders in the modern Democratic Party, willing to undercut the nation because they lack to fortitude to finish a difficult and necessary task. For them, failure is a constant, a mark on their characters they would sear onto the soul of a nation.

In the 1860s a group of defeatist Democrats were willing to sell the Union and the God-given rights of men away because they felt that the cost of war with the Confederacy was too high, that states rights had been abused, that racial equality was being unfairly forced upon the states of Confederacy. The traitorous Peace Democrats proudly referred to themselves as Copperheads.

Today's neo-Copperhead (NeoCop) Peace Democrats feel another war is not worth the price we've paid to secure basic human rights. Certainly, the ethnicity of the downtrodden has changed--Arab for African--but the message of racial indifference remains shockingly the same.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 1, 2005 08:35 PM | TrackBack

Perhaps it's Alzheimers. Sadly, it happens to the best of us. Otherwise, Murtha's statements are increasingly inexplicable.

Posted by: Bookworm at December 1, 2005 10:17 PM

Here is a portion of an email I received from my cousin in Iraq. He is at Camp Corregidor in Al Anbar province outside of Ramadi. Many would say the worst place in Iraq.

"A happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

It came and went here much like any other day. I had a tower shift in the
AM and then they cycled us thru the chow hall by company for dinner. They
had a whole lot of food. Steaks, crablegs, lobster, turkey, pie and ice
cream. Unfortunately the food isn't of the highest quality, all frozen
stuff that loses something in translation. I applaud their efforts to make
it festive, though."

Doesn't sound like "hand to mouth" to me.

Posted by: tracelan at December 2, 2005 01:06 AM

Oh yeah? I bet he had to eat those crab legs with HIS FINGERS!

May God have mercy on him for having to undergo such horrible rationing...

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at December 2, 2005 06:58 AM

Fact: our equipment is wearing out faster than it was expected to. Possibly this is because we are still recovering from the 8-year epidemic of underfunding prior to the 2000 election. Possibly it is because we continue to pour tons of money into useless programs like new submarines and advanced fighters.
Fact: our soldiers are tired when they go to war. Funny thing is that this has been true of every war in our history. We train hard in order to fight hard and win.
Fact: our soldiers are reinlisting because they believe in what we are doing. Beats hell out of shovelling "stuff" in Louisiana.

Posted by: old dawg at December 2, 2005 10:38 AM

Go easy on those submarines, Old Dawg. The new Sea Wolf class SSN is really a strategic asset. There aren't going to be that many, but we still need some undetectable killers of surface ships and other submarines. They can also deliver cruise missiles at very long ranges, too.

In the Iraq theater the OPTEMPO is about 3 times the peace time training rate and the environment is about 5 times more damage inflicting. So we are wearing our equipment at about 8 times a normal rate. How long do you think "stuff" lasts without being rebuilt or replaced?

Posted by: Old Soldier at December 2, 2005 07:01 PM

NeoCops, copperheads, 5th columnists, Quislings; I'm sure they all considered themselves to be patriots.

Posted by: George at December 2, 2005 07:15 PM