You have to hand it to John Murtha; the man has used every scheme to get pork known to politicians, and he’s even invented a few himself. The people of his district keep electing him, and he keeps them feeding from the federal trough. His latest plan may have them thinking reformer in the next election, however:
Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., says he’d be willing to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his congressional district if President Obama makes good on a plan to close the U.S. prison there.
As one of his first acts in office, the president circulated a draft Wednesday that would shut down Guantanamo Bay within a year.
Murtha only has a minimum security prison in his district. But he says he’d have no reservations about holding detainees there in a maximum security prison.
“Sure, I’d take ’em,” said Murtha, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “They’re no more dangerous in my district than in Guantanamo.”
I guess when a Congressman considers his constituents a bunch of racists, it’s a lot easier to stick lunatic terrorists among them. Small loss if any of them get killed, right? And you can’t make a pork omelette without breaking a few eggs, anyway. What’s important is the cash, not the safety of the constituents.
What makes this so reprehensible is that Shanksville had been in Murtha’s district on 9/11. Shanksville is the last resting place of United 93, the flight where Americans fought back and saved many more lives by forcing the al-Qaeda terrorists to fly the jet into the ground where no one else could get hurt. Now Murtha wants to house the terrorists nearby, among the people of that area.
Do you think PA-12 might regret its 16-point defeat of William Russell now? I know the Haditha Marines still want their apology from Murtha for his slander against them. Will Murtha’s constituents start asking why Murtha’s on the wrong side of every issue on the war — and not on their side at all?