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GOP Congressman and Former POW Rips John Murtha
CNSNEWS.com ^ | February 10, 2006 | Sherrie Gossett

Posted on 02/10/2006 10:35:03 AM PST by yoe

Amid cheers, whistles and two standing ovations, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) took fellow Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.) and the U.S. media behind the proverbial woodshed for a verbal walloping.

"Most of you know, at the end of last year, a liberal congressman from Pennsylvania insisted we immediately withdraw our troops from Iraq," Johnson told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. "When I heard this, it made my blood boil."

Johnson was referring to Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, who has been quoted as saying that the U.S. Army is "broken, worn out" and may not be able to meet future military threats to the nation.

"It hurt to think what the men and women in harm's way would believe when they heard the news that someone in Congress was not behind America's mission," Johnson said. "It hurt to think what the military families here at home would believe when they learned that people in Washington did not support the troops. And it hurt me to think that some people would just give up on our men and women in uniform.

"What would Iraq be like if the United States pulled out?" Johnson asked. "What would Iraq be like if we left and allowed dangerous people like the head of al Qaeda, (Abu Musab al-)Zarqawi, to run the country?"

Johnson, without naming Murtha, compared criticism of the war and demands for withdrawal with his own experience during the Vietnam War. A 29-year Air Force veteran and highly decorated pilot, Johnson fought in both the Koran and Vietnam wars. After being shot down over North Vietnam, Johnson spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, half of that in solitary confinement.

"I do know what it's like to be far from home, serving your country, risking your life and hearing that America doesn't care about you," Johnson said, choking back tears.

"[Hearing] your Congress doesn't care about you. Your Congress just cut off all funding for your war. They're packing up and going home and leaving you." Johnson added he was "scared to death" by such talk because years ago, he was afraid he would be left in Vietnam "forever."

"I know what it does to the mission," said Johnson, "and so help me God, I will never, ever let our nation make those mistakes again."

Johnson told the packed hall that Congress needs to give U.S. troops "the tools for ultimate success," including "the best armored trucks they can drive, the best weapons they can fire, and the best ammunition they can use."

The troops need something else though, Johnson said -- "[F]ull faith that a few naysayers in Washington won't cut and run and leave them high and dry." Knowing they are fully supported by Congress, is "mandatory for mission success and troop morale," Johnson argued.

"Any talk, even so much as a murmur, of leaving now or political timelines just emboldens the enemy and weakens the resolve of our troops in the field."

Johnson accused the U.S. media of predicting "gloom and doom" and ignoring or giving inadequate coverage to successes in Iraq. "What makes me angry at the critics is that we are making great progress in Iraq," said Johnson. He listed last January's election in Iraq and the December vote on the Iraqi Constitution.

"Remember the December vote on the constitution," Johnson asked, "when people came out in droves to make their voice heard? You wouldn't have known about it because there was so little mention of it here in the American press."

War on terror

Johnson also connected the Iraq mission to both 9/11 and the wider war on terror. "We were attacked. We are at war against terrorists. We need to stay there for as long as it takes if we want democracy to take root in tyranny's back yard."

The Republican congressman picked up an earlier theme from President Bush's second presidential campaign: "We must fight the bad guys over there, not over here."

Johnson told the crowd that there are confirmed reports of al Qaeda cells "plotting here on U.S. soil."

"What part of al Qaeda do you want operating here in America?" he asked.

Insisting withdrawal was not an option, Johnson called criticism of the war "Democratic nonsense" and compared it to the "peaceniks and people in Congress and America" who "started saying bad things about what was going on [in Vietnam].

"The people of Iraq are thirsting for something more. They are risking their lives in the name of a new government. We must stay the course if we want to foster a stable Iraq and create hope for millions in the Middle East," Johnson said.

Last November Murtha told reporters, "It is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering; the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region.

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised," Murtha added, according to the A.P. report on his comments. "It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.

Last December the Associated Press also reported that Murtha, who is the top Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, predicted President Bush would "make it look like we're 'staying the course'" but that troops would be "withdrawn within a year anyway."

Murtha was also the subject of a recent Cybercast News Service investigation of his political and military record.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; cutandrun; murtha; samjohnson
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1 posted on 02/10/2006 10:35:05 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe; mware

I would have loved to hear this speech.


2 posted on 02/10/2006 10:36:13 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: yoe

God Bless Sam Johnson!

Now THERE is a guy who ought to be running for President!

He understands exactly the situation that America faces, he has the experience of knowing the effect that yellowbellies in Congress can have on the morale of our troops, he knows what is at stake in the global War on Terror, he's from Texas, he's a Republican, and he's not afraid to kick Murtha's ass up one side and down the other.

Anyone for a Draft Sam Johnson/2008 Committee? ;)


3 posted on 02/10/2006 10:40:21 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: yoe; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army; Lazamataz; Darksheare; pissant; Dashing Dasher; najida; JimWforBush; ...
A Texan, and a TRUE AMERICAN HERO, PING!!!!!
4 posted on 02/10/2006 10:41:52 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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fought in both the Koran(sic) and Vietnam wars.

Another round of the Koran war is looming on the horizon.

5 posted on 02/10/2006 10:42:12 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: mkjessup

I can only imagine the DU theads about this ranting how the VC should have taken him out.


6 posted on 02/10/2006 10:42:37 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: yoe

"took fellow Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.) and the U.S. media behind the proverbial woodshed for a verbal walloping."
They should be taken out back of the Capitol building for a literal ass-kicking.


7 posted on 02/10/2006 10:43:17 AM PST by 95 Bravo ("Freedom is not free.")
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To: yoe

John Murtha is probably one of those along with Kerry and Leahy that Mr. Porter J. Goss is investigating about the “terrorist friendly” leaks that keep emanating from Washington..................


8 posted on 02/10/2006 10:44:01 AM PST by yoe
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To: mkjessup

Sam Johnson and Fred Thompson. Emminently electable.


9 posted on 02/10/2006 10:44:07 AM PST by HipShot ("Remember the first rule of gunfighting... have a gun." --Colonel Jeff Cooper)
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To: mkjessup
Yes I would love to Have him run for POTUS!!

Love your tag line!!!

10 posted on 02/10/2006 10:47:09 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: yoe

The "Koran" wars? I think this is a typo right? Korean War maybe?


11 posted on 02/10/2006 10:50:28 AM PST by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: freema; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

ping


12 posted on 02/10/2006 10:51:36 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: yoe
Colonel Sam Johnson (Ret), now a U.S. Congressman is a true American hero and has earned the right to criticize a fellow Congressman. The one thing he did not mention is that his fellow Congressman told our young people they should not enlist in the American military. For that I consider his colleague a traitor.
13 posted on 02/10/2006 10:56:05 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: mkjessup; HipShot; Jersey_Republican

Googled Sam Johnson. Born October 11, 1930. Would make him 75 years old today, and in November of 2008 would make him 78. Wonderful man. As for the Presidency, time has passed him by. I knew, when I saw he was in both KOREA and Vietnam, we are looking at an oldster. No offense to the great Congressman...


15 posted on 02/10/2006 11:00:42 AM PST by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: ChinaThreat

The Koran war is the one we got going right now. I like the typo.


16 posted on 02/10/2006 11:02:22 AM PST by 359Henrie
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To: mkjessup
Anyone for a Draft Sam Johnson/2008 Committee? ;)

The man is far too solid to be a politician. Thank God we have some like him. Unfortunately there are none like him coming up in the ranks in either party. Perhaps some principled veterans of afghan/irag will enter politics. Civilian life doesn't produce these kind.

17 posted on 02/10/2006 11:07:40 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: yoe
My favorite congressman
18 posted on 02/10/2006 11:08:20 AM PST by wildcatf4f3 (I'm becoming a performance artist so i can crap on the koran in public)
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To: yoe

EXCELLENT POST!! Thank you!


19 posted on 02/10/2006 11:23:59 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: yoe
"We need to stay there for as long as it takes if we want democracy to take root in tyranny's back yard." ... We must stay the course if we want to foster a stable Iraq and create hope for millions in the Middle East," Johnson said.

I agree with all of this, but I think we're missing a huge point, and that is that we're trying to prevent the establishment of a caliphate. I know President Bush talked about it several months ago and Rep. Johnson spoke of our not wanting to fight on our soil, but we're not hearing it enough and the point about the caliphate isn't being made strongly or clearly enough. We might gain the support of some current detractors if we more strongly emphasize the huge risk we face (from terrorists bent on establishing a caliphate) than we emphasize our spreading freedom. I know that spreading freedom is a key to fighting the establishment of a caliphate; but I don't think the peacniks/liberals get it. Maybe they'll "get it" if they can see it as their losing freedom of the press or as their own heads being sliced off.
20 posted on 02/10/2006 11:27:04 AM PST by Pirate21 (The liberal media are as sheep clearing the path along which they will be lead to the slaughter.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Roger that ~ U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson is real hero!

Be Ever Vigilant!


21 posted on 02/10/2006 11:31:07 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: yoe; Laurita; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...

PING for REAL Conservatives

"Politically Correct RINO's" on FR need not reply!

GOP Congressman and Former POW Rips John Murtha

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1576009/posts

"...I did spend 29 years in the Air Force, and I served in Korea and Vietnam and spent 7 years as a POW in Vietnam and more than half of that in solitary confinement. I know what it is like to be far from home, serving your country, risking your life, hearing that America doesn't care about you as happened in Vietnam..."

Sam Johnson Viet Nam Vet Hero AND POW gets it PING!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1527080/posts

JOHN O'NEILL Viet Nam Vet Hero STILL GETS IT PING!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1526505/posts

Time for the real conservatives on FR,
be it Republicans, Independents or Democrats
(like Zell Miller and John O'Neill) to band together
and oust the looney left and RINO's

The "Politically Correct RINO's" on FR are the same group
who "swore"
klintoon, hitlery, hanoi kerry, sanbdi ber(bur)glar, al bore, jane beno,
would be prosecuted for
pardongate, chinagate, the bribes in upstate NY in the 2000 NY Senate race, waco, etc, etc,
"when" the "time was right".


22 posted on 02/10/2006 11:32:38 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (It's ALWAYS a great day to be a Conservative Independent Voter AND a Viet Nam Vet)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson is real hero!

Be Ever Vigilant!


23 posted on 02/10/2006 11:44:54 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


24 posted on 02/10/2006 11:48:03 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; All
Insisting withdrawal was not an option, Johnson called criticism of the war "Democratic nonsense" and compared it to the "peaceniks and people in Congress and America" who "started saying bad things about what was going on [in Vietnam].


Bump!
25 posted on 02/10/2006 11:54:05 AM PST by Gucho
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bump


26 posted on 02/10/2006 11:55:25 AM PST by Soaring Feather (~www.proudpatriots.org~Supporting Our TROOPS~)
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To: Coop
And see Mr. Johnson get the face time that Murtha continues to get......

Then I woke up.............

27 posted on 02/10/2006 11:56:45 AM PST by Osage Orange (Molon Labe)
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To: blackie
"Roger that ~ U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson is real hero!"


....and John Murtha is a Tokyo Rose. Just who the hell does that SOB think he is? May he rot in hell for his irresponsible statements with OUR U.S. military men and women in harm's way.

I have known and served in harm's way with a lot of good Marines. Murtha does not even carry himself like a marine....he's in a perpetual fog, speaks hesitantly, appears to lack confidence in what he's saying, etc.
28 posted on 02/10/2006 11:58:00 AM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 02/10/2006 12:07:55 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: yoe
I don't understand how anyone could hear or read these words and not be horrified at what Cong. Johnson went through for all of us: After being shot down over North Vietnam, Johnson spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, half of that in solitary confinement. "I do know what it's like to be far from home, serving your country, risking your life and hearing that America doesn't care about you," Johnson said, choking back tears. "[Hearing] your Congress doesn't care about you. Your Congress just cut off all funding for your war. They're packing up and going home and leaving you." Johnson added he was "scared to death" by such talk because years ago, he was afraid he would be left in Vietnam "forever."

Each time Murtha, Kerry or any MSM person suggests we are losing the war in Iraq and we should pull out; these words of Sam Johnson should be taped, and they should be forced to listen to them -- in the presence of those they have just spoken to. This should prove to the ones listening that Murtha, Kerry and the MSM are not people to be admired when they seek to demoralize our military and capitulate to terrorists.

30 posted on 02/10/2006 12:14:48 PM PST by PeskyOne
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To: AlphaOneAlpha
Semper Fi!

Be Ever Vigilant!


31 posted on 02/10/2006 12:15:20 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: yoe

Holy Smokes! I love what I just read - take that Murtha!!!!!


32 posted on 02/10/2006 12:16:29 PM PST by Cathy
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To: yoe

Murtha is the same guy who told Clinton to pull out of Somolia. Clinton listened to him.

I'm so thankful President Bush is smarter than that!


33 posted on 02/10/2006 12:29:38 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; yoe

Go get em Sam!


34 posted on 02/10/2006 12:46:33 PM PST by vigilante2 (I'm the proud parent of a soldier)
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To: vigilante2
Who really is John Murtha?
Someone should check out what he did he actually do on a trip to Vietnam in March 1975. He was part of a Congressional team to determine if the US should provide support against the North Vietnamese who were in violation of the Peace Agreement of 1973.
That group came back and voted against support. The Presidents in side letters had assured South Vietnam that the US would provide help necessary. (Please see the book - "The Palace Files" which show the letters of US commitment.
Where did Murtha stand? Will he now do a replay of get the troops out and then cut off support when needed?
35 posted on 02/10/2006 2:16:44 PM PST by tbird-james
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To: yoe
Amid cheers, whistles and two standing ovations, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) took fellow Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.) and the U.S. media behind the proverbial woodshed for a verbal walloping.

Now if he can just take a few wacks at Senator McStain... I believe Johnson was a POW for considerably longer than McStain, almost 7 years verses 5 1/2. Either would be horrific. But Johnson definitely has the "gravity's" to slap McCain down as is sorely needed.

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Sam Johnson returned home to Texas after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 29-years as a highly decorated pilot. He flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for nearly seven years.

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It was on Major Johnson's 25th mission in April 1966, that he was shot down and taken prisoner. Major Johnson remained a prisoner until February 12, 1973. It was early in his second tour in that war.

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McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, October 26, 1967. He was released March 1973 after being held captive by the North Vietnamese for 5-1/2 years

36 posted on 02/10/2006 2:22:47 PM PST by El Gato
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To: yoe
Johnson, without naming Murtha, compared criticism of the war and demands for withdrawal with his own experience during the Vietnam War.

He could have been talking about both Murtha and McCain, and/or Hanoi John for that matter.

37 posted on 02/10/2006 2:24:24 PM PST by El Gato
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
"...I did spend 29 years in the Air Force, and I served in Korea and Vietnam and spent 7 years as a POW in Vietnam and more than half of that in solitary confinement."


American POWs at Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport, awaiting flights for home, Feb. 12, 1973.
Congressman Johnson is fifth in line


Congressman Johnson and his wife, Shirley, embrace after nearly seven years apart, Sheppard Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo)


Thank you once again, Rep. Johnson!!

IMHO ~ Murtha, skerry and their ilk need to be told, once and for all and in no uncertain terms, for the sake of this nation and all it stands for, sit down and SHUT THE F*** UP!

38 posted on 02/10/2006 2:25:06 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: tbird-james

Good post thank you James


39 posted on 02/10/2006 2:35:41 PM PST by vigilante2 (I'm the proud parent of a soldier)
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To: ChinaThreat
The "Koran" wars? I think this is a typo right? Korean War maybe?

If so, it could have been a Freudian typo. :) The Koran Wars are now ongoing. Of course they have been, to one degree or another for about the last 1400 years, 610 being the generally accepted year that Mo the Pedophile had his first "revelation"

40 posted on 02/10/2006 2:37:17 PM PST by El Gato
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To: yoe

Go Sam!!!!!!


41 posted on 02/10/2006 2:40:54 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: yoe

That's my congressman ! PING to you sir...and thanks for your hard work


42 posted on 02/10/2006 2:46:14 PM PST by Texans
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To: yoe
Last December the Associated Press also reported that Murtha, who is the top Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, predicted President Bush would "make it look like we're 'staying the course'" but that troops would be "withdrawn within a year anyway."

The president had always said that the policy was to train Iraqi troops to protect their own country and to withdraw our troops battalion by battalion as their troops were brought up to an warfighting standard.

Murtha is a poseur.

43 posted on 02/10/2006 3:09:17 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: yoe
God bless this wonderful man.

Now, let's not hold our collective breath waiting to see him on the Today Show, or GMA, or Larry King (barely) Live, or Hardball.

44 posted on 02/10/2006 3:35:29 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: yoe

Woo-hoooooo! Sam Johnson Bump!


45 posted on 02/10/2006 4:00:50 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Who knew Islam's hot button was in the funny papers?)
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To: yoe

God bless Sam Johnson!!


46 posted on 02/10/2006 6:34:17 PM PST by Gator113
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Personally, I think that Murtha deserves a shot in the mouth from a REAL MARINE.

Just a thought......


47 posted on 02/10/2006 7:09:59 PM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: yoe

It's good to hear the thoughts of a real combat soldier, instead of the staff pukes, jags, reservists, and outright frauds (need I mention kerry?).


48 posted on 02/10/2006 7:13:45 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: yoe

Blessings to Congressman Johnson and his family.


49 posted on 02/10/2006 11:48:48 PM PST by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: yoe

"Johnson was referring to Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran" Was Sam Johnson a decorated Vietnam War Veteran or just Johnson?


50 posted on 02/11/2006 12:11:28 AM PST by Brimack34
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