While we have many legislators in Congress who love and support our troops, I think that few readers here--or anywhere--would ever name that scumbag John Murtha (D)--PA as one of them.
This POS--the un-indicted co-conspirator from the ABSCAM Congressional Corruption scandal who is currently under FBI investigation again for corruption--made a cottage industry out of attacking President Bush on the Iraq war by demonizing our troops, in particularly calling our Marines in Haditha "murderers" when they were accused of killing civilians. Those Marines were all eventually exonerated and two of them, Marine Corps staff sergeant Frank D. Wuterich and former Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, are now suing Murtha personally for libel, slander and invasion of privacy. Murtha's false and defamatory attacks on our military personnel made all of our servicemen and women look bad, in America and around the world, and Murtha apparently thought that it was worth it if it would help his party undermine the war effort and President Bush.
Screw him. Seriously, just screw that fat, corrupt and unpatriotic bastard.
But now that the Democrats are in charge again, not only are they unwilling to screw John Murtha, but they're sucking up to him and giving him a high award normally reserved for people who actually honor and serve our military and support it's mission.
Donald C. Winter, Obama's new Secretary of the Navy, just awarded Murtha the Distinguished Public Service Award--the highest award that can be given to a civilian--ostensibly for "exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or as Department of the Navy as a whole."
This guy should have been tarred and feathered for his statements and conduct which harmed our Marines, the Navy and their mission, but partisan politics is now apparently stepping in and Murtha is being lauded for his actions, no doubt as part of an Administration/Democratic Party effort to shore up his standing with the voters in the next election.
Well this is total BS, and while I've been largely silent regarding the Obama team and the Democrats until now, I'm thinking that it's time for the gloves to come off, especially since the media that spent the last eight years savaging the past President and every member of his team is largely overlooking most of this one's goofs, flubs, and scandals. And this insult--the giving of this award to this man (Hell, that's like giving Bill Ayers an award for exceptional patriotism)--is totally unacceptable.
A nice list of Murtha's past anti-military statements was compiled by the Boot Murtha The list is too long to reprint here, but his anti-military comments go back to the Somalia operation in 1993.
Some of his better ones include:
"I said a year ago we can't win this militarily."There are many more.
(Murtha, IHT, Nov. 21, 2005)
"All of Iraq must know Iraq is free -- free from United State's occupation."
(Murtha, Nov. 2005, Washington Times)
"I admit I made a mistake when I voted for war"
(Murtha, The Guardian, Dec. 2, 2005)
"So I've finally come to the conclusion that we've become the enemy, and that there's no alternative."
(Murtha, Dec. 12, 2005)
"We've become the enemy."
(Murtha, Jan. 5, 2006 during Arlington Forum)
"It [Haditha, Marines] is as bad as Abu Ghraib, if not worse."
(Murtha, May 2006)
"They [the Marines/Military] knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it. They knew that they (marines) went into the rooms, they killed the people in the taxi. There was no firing at all. And this comes from the highest authority in the Marine Corps, so there's no question in my mind,"
(Murtha, May 2006)
"... they [Marine] killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
(Murtha, May 17, 2006 at news conference)
"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood"
(Murtha, May 19, 2006)
"They actually went into the houses and killed women and children. And there was about twice as many as originally reported by Times."
(Murtha, Reuters, May 19, 2006)
"Our troops over-reacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
(Murtha, ARAB WORLD NEWS, May 19, 2006)
"It's [Haditha, Marines] much worse than reported in Time magazine."
(Murtha, News.comAU, May 18, 2006)
BLITZER: The marines say they're still investigating. They don't know what happened yet. The pentagon says the same thing. How do you know what happened?
MURTHA: Wolf, you read the "Time" magazine articles. There are pictures, there are photos. You don't have to talk to the military about the proof.
(Murtha, on CNN/Wolf Blitzer, May 19, 2006)
"We can't win this."
(Rep. John Murtha, Congressional Record, June 15, 2006, p. H4028)
"We are causing the problem."
Rep.John Murtha, Congressional Record, June 15, 2006, p. H4028)
"American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran."
(Murtha, June 24, 2006 South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Not only should this award be withdrawn, but Secretary Winter needs to step down over this partisan tomfoolery. And Murtha... Well he's apparently lucky to have voters who are actually as stupid and racist as he says they are.
But the rest of America deserves better and Murtha needs to be run out of office...and out of Washington on a rail.
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