Thorin, I disagree.
The only reason, and I mean the ONLY reason Murtha got any space at all is because he presents himself (and is presented by others) as an unimpeachable source of combat wisdom which lends him credibility.
Because his actions and words have both direct and indirect deleterious effects on the conduct of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as such may increase both the loss of life and the quantity of blood shed by our military, it is not only right, but necessary to debunk him if indeed he is a phony.
The exact same thing was true with John Kerry, and is true now with Murtha.
posted on 01/18/2006 1:22:46 PM PST
("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
I noted in another post that Murtha is typical of a certain class of small town politicians, more in the past than today. These are the fellows who make a long career out of their military service. He operated some sort of car was in Johnstown and volunteered to be mobilized as a reservist and field grade officer. He won election when the incumbent died a couple years later solely off of his military service and he has waved the bloody shirt of his service and wounds ever since. Guys like this used to be much more numerous in elected office. Sam Ervin was sort of that type but once he got in the Senate he shut up about his WW1 service.
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