Thursday, October 18, 2007

Murtha Abandons Pelosi on Genocide Bill

Never thought I'd have something good to report from "Mad Jack" Murtha, but here is it is from the NY Times:

“What happened nearly 100 years ago was terrible,” said Mr. Murtha, who has urged the speaker not to bring up the resolution for a vote. “I don’t know whether it was a massacre or a genocide, but that is beside the point. The point is, we have to deal with today’s world.”

And dealing with today’s world means dealing with Turkey, said Mr. Murtha, long a Democratic leader on national security issues. “Until we can stop the war in Iraq, I believe it is imperative to ensure continued access to military installations in Turkey, which serve U.S. operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

“Turkey is a strong ally of the United States, and I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region,” Mr. Murtha said.

There's really no sense in reliving past history, as Murtha stated here, over something that happened before Turkey was a republic, and still dominated by the corrupt Ottoman rulers.

In a related story-Democrats Back Away from FISA Vote.