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John Murtha is the new Brian Baird

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 30, 2007 10:23 AM

No, he still hasn’t apologized to the Haditha Marines he smeared and defamed. But John Murtha is back from Iraq and spreading the word that the “surge is working.”

Nancy Pelosi, reach for your Maalox.

The Politico reports on Murtha then and now:

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the “surge is working.” This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders, who are blocking approval of the full $200 billion being sought by President Bush for combat operations in Iraq in 2008.

Murtha’s latest comments are also a stark reversal from what he said earlier in the year. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the powerful Defense subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee, has previously stated that the surge “is not working” and the United States faced a military disaster in Iraq.

Murtha told CNN on July 12, following a Bush speech, that the president’s views on the success of surge in Iraq were “delusional.”

…Murtha even yelled at a reporter during a recent press conference, telling the reporter that the news coming out of the Pentagon regarding Iraq is not believable.

“They don’t need to do the things — you’re missing the point — because the Pentagon says it, you believe it?,” Murtha yelled. “You believe what the Pentagon says? Huh? With all the things that they have told us, you believe what — I mean, go back and look — ‘mission accomplished,’ al Qaeda connection, weapons of mass destruction, on and on and on, and you believe the Pentagon?”

Allahpundit takes you on a video trip down memory lane.

Reminder: Murtha has an Army vet challenger for his seat. Check him out.

Meantime, will the nutroots do to Murtha what they’ve done to Democrat Rep. Brian Baird?

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