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Web Site Attacks Critic of War (Opponents Question Murtha's Medals)
Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2006 | Howard Kurtz and Shailagh Murray

Posted on 01/14/2006 7:24:40 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the former Marine who is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, has become the latest Democrat to have his Vietnam War decorations questioned.

In a tactic reminiscent of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth assault on Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) during the 2004 presidential campaign, a conservative Web site yesterday quoted Murtha opponents as questioning the circumstances surrounding the awarding of his two Purple Hearts.

Cybercast is part of the conservative Media Research Center, run by L. Brent Bozell III, who accused some in the media of ignoring the Swift Boat charges, but Thibault said it operates independently. He said the unit, formerly called the Conservative News Service, averages 110,000 readers, mainly conservative, and provides material for other Web sites such as GOPUSA. "We won't run anything against anybody if we don't have the goods," he said..........."

David Thibault, editor in chief of the Cybercast News Service, said the issue of Murtha's medals from 1967 is relevant now "because the congressman has really put himself in the forefront of the antiwar movement." Thibault said: "He has been placed by the Democratic Party and antiwar activists as a spokesman against the war above reproach."

Cindy Abram, a spokeswoman for Murtha, said, "We certainly believe that the questions being raised are an attempt to distract attention from what's happening in Iraq." As for how Murtha won the Purple Hearts, she said: "We think the congressman's record is clear. We have the documentation, the paperwork that proves that he earned them, and that he is entitled to wear them proudly."

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Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question

1 posted on 01/14/2006 7:24:43 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Must be a slow news day at WaPo. No need to question Murtha's service...his recent comments prove he is an a-hole, hero or not...

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004240.htm


2 posted on 01/14/2006 7:29:25 PM PST by frankjr
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What does the past record of a war hero matter if today he commits a treasonous act?!


3 posted on 01/14/2006 7:32:46 PM PST by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

So has Murtha signed-off on an SF-180 that allows anyone
to check out all his records?

We still don't have one for Kerry.


4 posted on 01/14/2006 7:32:51 PM PST by Boundless
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To: hiredhand

> What does the past record of a war hero matter ...

If he's a real war hero, and isn't relying on it
for political advantage, then it doesn't matter.


5 posted on 01/14/2006 7:35:35 PM PST by Boundless
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To: frankjr

If Murtha is holding himself out as something he is not, his fraud needs to be exposed.


6 posted on 01/14/2006 7:36:04 PM PST by JCEccles
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To: JCEccles
If Murtha is holding himself out as something he is not, his fraud needs to be exposed.

Yes, he does.

7 posted on 01/14/2006 7:39:32 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: frankjr

Agreed


8 posted on 01/14/2006 7:40:05 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Boundless
All I'm saying is that a Saint who becomes an unrepentant murderer is still an unrepentant murderer, and their past good deeds won't offset any of their offenses today.

Not only this, but the damage done by recent wrong doings have very real repercussions. I just don't see how the past actions of any war hero accounts for much when they are traitors today.

The real irony is that Murtha expects a reverence which he himself refuses to give to those who serve today!
9 posted on 01/14/2006 7:41:39 PM PST by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
In a tactic reminiscent of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth assault on Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) during the 2004 presidential campaign...

We need to be careful. The reason the Swift Boat Vets were so successful is that they were telling the truth. If we come out with a thing like this and then it turns out to be a fake, it makes us look bad and bolsters Murtha's position.

Not arguin'... just sayin'.....

10 posted on 01/14/2006 7:45:38 PM PST by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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To: Boundless

Come to think of it, has L. Brent Bozell signed off on an SF-180?


11 posted on 01/14/2006 7:46:35 PM PST by mumps
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Oops where are the Murtha band aids??
12 posted on 01/14/2006 7:48:11 PM PST by Steveone (Liberalism is a brain tumor!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I hope these people are air tight and as clean as possible. There's nothing the leftists would like more than to retaliate after the gutting Kerry received.

If Murtha the moron is dirty or not, anyone who goes after another "War Hero" is going to take a beating.

Personally, Murtha has lost all currency he might have had regarding his military service. Anything uncovered out of his past could do nothing to smear his name more than his own cowardice has.
13 posted on 01/14/2006 7:50:22 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Real war heroes don't say the things Murtha, Kerry, Clark, or other critics have said.


14 posted on 01/14/2006 7:50:36 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182; All

Murtha has aligned himself with Code Pink. I'd say the scrutiny has become more than warranted.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555707/posts


15 posted on 01/14/2006 7:55:22 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: mumps
L. Brent Bozell signed off on an SF-180?

Ha Bozell hyped his veteran status, assuming he has it, in support of his political position, including his questioning of Murtha? If not, then it's irrelevant. Murtha has been using his status, and his medals and decorations, in support of his attacks on President Bush, and his nonsupport of today's Veterans to be.

16 posted on 01/14/2006 7:56:12 PM PST by El Gato (The Second Amendment is the Reset Button of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: hiredhand

War Heros can be asshats too.....a chest full of medals isn't a free pass for the rest of ones days be they a good guy or a bad guy.

I bestow my highest respect and thanks to all veterans be they adorned with medals or not but when they screw the pooch per se and make a boo boo I will not hesitate to tell em to STFU !

Murtha needs to STFU regardless of his record in this case because he is wrong .


17 posted on 01/14/2006 7:58:50 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Bahbah

It's hard to believe that someone who is an honest to goodness war hero....would allow himself to be lead around by his nose, by some one as insipid as Nancy Pelosi...

That just doesn't add up!


18 posted on 01/14/2006 8:00:18 PM PST by Txsleuth (Thank you to all that donated on the Freepathon...next time more monthlies!!)
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To: mumps
Come to think of it, has L. Brent Bozell signed off on an SF-180?

Last I checked, L. Brent Bozell isn't claiming that he has a special right to speak, which others don't share, due to past military success. Nice try.

19 posted on 01/14/2006 8:00:21 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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To: Boundless

Last I read Murtha has not signed anything to release his records....guess he isn't hiding anything. /sarcasm.


20 posted on 01/14/2006 8:01:24 PM PST by TheLion
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