Thursday, November 17, 2005

Murtha

Let's just remind everyone who John Murtha is.
After serving in the Marines in the early 1950's, he re-enlisted in 1966, at the age of 34, and served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry, according to The Almanac of American Politics. When he won his House seat in a special election in February 1974 he became the first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress.
So it's especially meaningful when a guy like him strikes back a Dick Cheney like this, reminding us of Cheney's chickenhawk status:
Murtha, a defense hawk, decorated Vietnam War veteran and retired Marine colonel, made a reference to the draft deferments that kept Cheney out of Vietnam.

"I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done," Murtha said.
Keep it up, colonel.

Yeah, he's gonna get attacked in the next few days. Hell, it's already started. Scott McClellan waded in with some of the stupidest bullshit I've ever heard him spew.
Congressman Murtha is a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America. So it is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party.
Yeah, that's the fucking point, asshole! It's not just "extreme liberals" who are pissed and think you've fucked up this war. It's the vast majority of the American public. Idiot.

As Murtha himself put it today, saying, "The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress."

So you can get serious, assholes, or keep digging.

(Before it's forgotten, let's remind you what one of the Corner dwellers said about Murtha and his speech earlier today.
MURTHA BREAKS [Rod Dreher]
Don't know how many of you caught Rep. John Murtha's very angry, very moving speech just now in which he called on the White House to institute an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. CNN didn't air the entire thing, but as I listened to it, I could feel the ground shift. Murtha, as you know, is not a Pelosi-style Chardonnay Democrat; he's a crusty retired career Marine who reminds me of the kinds of beer-slugging Democrats we used to have before the cultural left took over the party. Murtha, a conservative Dem who voted for the war, talked in detail about the sacrifices being borne by our soldiers and their families, and about his visits out to Walter Reed to look after the maimed, and how we've had enough, it's time to come home. He was hell on the president too.

If tough, non-effete guys like Murtha are willing to go this far, and can make the case in ways that Red America can relate to -- and listening to him talk was like listening to my dad, who's about the same age, and his hunting buddies -- then the president is in big trouble. I'm sure there's going to be an anti-Murtha pile-on in the conservative blogosphere, but from where I sit, conservatives would be fools not to take this man seriously.)

6 Comments:

Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

Nice roundup - thanks for this post.

8:01 PM  
Blogger ntodd said...

After serving in the Marines in the early 1950's, he re-enlisted in 1966, at the age of 34, and served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry

He just re-upped in a cynical ploy to become president someday. And I'm sure his Bronze Star citation was bogus, and he shot himself to get out of Vietnam, and stuff.

8:02 PM  
Blogger George said...

Nearly all of the Republicans and way too many of the Democrats will miss your "keep digging" reference.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Mustang Bobby said...

I'm sure there's going to be an anti-Murtha pile-on in the conservative blogosphere, but from where I sit, conservatives would be fools not to take this man seriously.)

I agree; they will. And the louder they scream, the more the average guy is going to see that the Republicans and the conservatives have completely lost their senses. There will be a backlash and it will be harsh. Get the popcorn, this will be fun to watch.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Luck Mitchell said...

More Jack Murtha info...

For the past 25 years, he's been one of the powers behind the throne. He was a close friend of Tip O'Niell and was very influential then in making committee assignments. When O'Neill moved on he had less influence with Foley and Gephardt, but he's a solid behind-the-scenes influential guy. In an organization full of people who are in love with the sound of their own voices, he speaks very little and is very influential because of it.

He VERY RARELY speaks out publicly. In the early 90s he took to the floor of the House and blasted Gingrich, et al. for being overly willing to send people to war when they didn't go themselves. On the floor of the House he referred to them as "war wimps" and "cowards."

Him coming out publicly like this is huge, and it's got to scare the hell out of the creeps at the White House.

9:47 PM  
Blogger John Driscoll said...

As far as I'm concerned, it's a sign of the sad condition of the discourse when only a salty vet has the credentials to be critical of a foreign policy debacle that should be obvious to the entire world. In a way, this plays into the hands of the militarists.

12:52 PM  

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