Michelle notes a Fox News report that says a career army officer, and small business owner has decided to challenge Jack “Cold Blood” Murtha…

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. —(FOX)- A career Army member left the service two years short of retirement to move here and try his hand at politics by challenging longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha.First-time candidate William T. Russell, 45, a Republican, acknowledged that taking on a popular, 18-term congressman in the 2008 election will be “an uphill battle.”

“But it’s one that must be fought,” Russell told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown.

Russell plans to formally announce his candidacy within weeks. Murtha has declined comment on the challenge.

Heh…  Hoping the whole thing just goes away, doubtless. I suspect thefeeling at Murtha headquarters is that Russel will have an easier target than did Irey.

Oh… speaking of Murtha, and of Haditha… as Russel doubtless will be, Michelle in a separate article, links  Defend our Marines.

Buried in the mountain of exhibits attached to the once secret Haditha, Iraq murder inquiry prepared by US Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell is an obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary (see pdf) that says the deadly encounter was an intentional propaganda ploy planned and paid for by Al Qaeda foreign fighters.

Veteran military defense attorney Gary Meyers said he never understood why the Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agents leading the Haditha criminal investigation didn’t “examine the linkage” between Al Qaeda, the local insurgency and the events at Haditha. Meyers was an attorney on the defense team that successfully defended Justin Sharratt, a Marine infantryman accused of multiple murders at Haditha.

As I said back at the beginning of the month on this… SITYS.

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