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Friday, November 18, 2005

Another Voice Of Reason


The Washington Post reports today, that Representative, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran has called for the Bush Administration to withdraw American Forces from Viet . . .I mean Iraq:
"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency," Murtha said in a Capitol news conference that left him in tears. Islamic insurgents "are united against U.S. forces, and we have become a catalyst for violence," he said. ". . . It's time to bring them home."
As expected, the Bush sleaze machine went into overdrive! Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) immediately returned fire:

"Murtha and Democratic leaders have adopted a policy of cut and run. They would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the president is on foreign soil."
Dick Cheney also chimed in claiming that Rep. Murtha was essentially waiving the white flag of surrender. Cheney also accused war critics:

Cheney called Democrats “opportunists” who were peddling “cynical and pernicious falsehoods” to gain political advantage while U.S. soldiers died in Iraq.

“Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein,” Cheney told the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a conservative policy group.

Well, I can see how one would draw that conclusion. Representative Murtha is a retired full bird Colonel from the United States Marine Corps. A sampling of his military background from his own website:

Congressman Murtha is so well-respected for his first-hand knowledge of military and defense issues that he has been a trusted adviser to presidents of both parties on military and defense issues and is one of the most effective advocates for the national defense in the country. He is ranking member and former chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, a Vietnam combat veteran and a retired Marine Corps colonel with 37 years of service, a rare combination of experience that enables him to understand defense and military operations from every perspective.

He learned about military service from the bottom up, beginning as a raw recruit when he left Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the Marines out of a growing sense of obligation to his country during the Korean War. There he earned the American Spirit Honor Medal, awarded to fewer than one in 10,000 recruits. He rose through the ranks to become a drill instructor at Parris Island and was selected for Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. He then was assigned to the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 1959, Captain Murtha took command of the 34th Special Infantry Company, Marine Corps Reserves, in Johnstown. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for Vietnam in 1966-67, receiving the Bronze Star with Combat "V", two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He remained in the Reserves until his retirement. This first-hand knowledge of military and defense issues has made him a trusted adviser to presidents of both parties and one of the most effective advocates for the national defense in Washington. At the request of Presidents and Speakers of the House, he served as chairman of delegations monitoring elections in the Philippines, El Salvador, Panama and Bosnia.

He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal by the Marine Corps Commandant when he retired from the Marines.

Yep . . . pretty much sounds to me like this Murtha guy is most definitely one of those left wing peace activist nuts. I can see how a guy like this is waiving the flag of surrender--clearly an opportunist--a cut and run kinda guy.

Of course Dennis Hastert and Dick Cheney haven't served a single day in uniform in America's or any other armed services. And, Mr. Cheney as we know, who had an opportunity to serve his country, elected to hide behind five deferments when his country called.

I don't think Americans are fooled by the nonsense coming out of the Bush administration. Yet, there is something shameful the way people who dare speak a different point of view about the Iraq war are demeaned by those least in any position to engage in any rock throwing. Rather than smear great American heros like Rep. Murtha, they are to be commended.

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they are the children of God.

Not bad company, in contrast to the Bush boys.

Semper Fi Rep. Murtha. Your voice is not alone!




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