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...
If Murtha is holding himself out as something he is not, his fraud needs to be exposed.
This is not a "tactic", this is a thoughtful inquiry into the past of a person who at times seems to protest altogether TOO much. A not uncommon psychopathology among persons who have hidden criminal pasts, yet claim respectable lives, while proclaiming their place on the high ground.
Like John F. Kerry, accept the honors bestowed, but then SHUT UP about the circumstances and how others may be undeserving. Otherwise people come scrutinizing, maybe a little too closely.
Remember the example of Admiral Jeremy Boorda. And he wasn't even bragging up his record. Neither was he undermining the country, but apparently the regime of the "Former Occupant of the Oval Office, 1993-2001" was a little nervous in his presence.