My sense of civility .... I hate to call people names or to presume bad faith on the part of people who disagree with me. I really try to avoid the "m-bat" word and I do not believe that people who oppose the war in Iraq are unpatriotic or dishonoring the troops.
But, for the life of me, I can't understand how Jack Murtha's "slow bleed" strategy can be called anything but despicable. We have placed young men and women in danger. Whether or not that was a good idea, it is where they are. Trying to end the war by hampering the ability of the military to fight it is a number of things. It is almost surely an unconstitutional usurpation of the President's authority as commander-in-chief. It reflects an irresponsible disregard of the consequences for Iraq and the Middle East of an abrupt American departure.
But, worst of all, by hampering the ability of the military to fight the war as they believe it ought to be fought, it increases the danger for the troops that are there. That does dishonor the troops. That is unpatriotic.
And what drives it is political cowardice. Murtha and those who support him don't want to accept the consequences of a vote to end the war by defunding it. When Iraq falls apart and the blood really starts to run, they don't want people pointing at them. I think Russ Feingold is wrong on the war, but at least he has the courage of his convictions.
Maybe someone should invite Murtha to a hotel room and offer him a bribe.