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DEAR CONGRESSMAN MURTHA...(FReepers, Please Read...)
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 04.04.06 | JOHN A. LUCAS

Posted on 04/04/2006 3:26:43 PM PDT by Fintan

ISAW YOU ON TV recently. With all the venom and bile you could muster, you pronounced, "This is George Bush's war."

I understand fully what you were saying. You were telling the country and - more import- antly - our enemies, that this is not your war, that you do not support it.

More than that, you were saying that it is not your party's war. And, you were telling Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama bin Laden and their jihadist allies that it is not America's war: "This is George Bush's war!"

You are wrong, congressman. Dead wrong. You are wrong on three levels: institutional, historical and moral.

On the institutional level, Congress voted to authorize this war. Virtually every prominent Democratic politician spoke in favor of its objectives - Hillary and Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Madeleine Albright and Joe Lieberman, to name just a few.

Many now conveniently ignore or seek to rationalize their vote. A few courageously stand by it.

But, it is not Congress' war, either. When Congress voted to authorize the war and the commander-in-chief gave the order to initiate it, it became our war. Ours: yours, mine, the country's. Our war, sir, not George Bush's.

You are wrong, too, about history - past and future. You were referring, of course, to the Iraq "war." However, history tells us that this is one battle in a larger war against radical, fascist Islamic fundamentalists who seek to conquer.

Do you know your history, sir?

Do you listen to what our enemies say?

Listen, they will tell you: They seek to restore Islamic rule and sharia law over that portion of the world that they regard as historically "theirs."

They mean not only the Mideast, but northern Africa, central Asia - and even Spain.

Then, they seek to expand that rule by imposing the same regime on any country where there is a significant Muslim population, anytime. They mean Europe, Nigeria - keep your eye on Nigeria, congressman, it is already happening in that most populous country of Africa - and, yes, the United States.

Do you deny any of these things? On what basis, sir?

They rightfully identify the United States as the sole power capable of standing in their way, of marshaling opposition to them.

Calling this battle "George Bush's war" won't blunt their strategy. No, it supports it.

Have you forgotten the other Islamic fascists' battles against us, indeed against the world?

Do you remember the airplane hijackings, the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the USS Cole, the bombing of a barracks at a U.S. air base in Spain, bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the World Trade Center in 1993, in 2001?

They all are part of this war that George Bush did not start.

Yet they are not even the beginning of this war, congressman. This war has been going on for centuries, and it is not going to end if we retreat now, as you advocate.

Finally, you are wrong on the moral level.

Let me explain, lest you think that you have a monopoly on morality.

My son is now preparing for his second combat deployment in this battle. He will tell you that it is his war.

In his first combat tour, my son wrote: "I truly see this as a battle between the forces of good and evil. How can anyone not? Good brings hope to a whole people that have never known any and evil cuts the heads off innocent civilians on TV."

THAT SORT OF sums up the morality that our soldiers see. He and his comrades would like to think that they are not fighting this alone, that this is not just their and George Bush's war.

They would like to think that they fight for this country, including you, congressman.

It is their war, it is my war, and it is this country's war.

My son's life, and the lives of all the men and women fighting this battle are too precious to be endangered by politicians who give aid and comfort to our enemy in order to score rhetorical political points.

If you will not desist, I can only hope that responsible members of your party will repudiate your dangerous rhetoric and condemn your assistance to our enemies.


John A. Lucas, a lawyer in Knoxville, Tenn., is a West Point graduate and was an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, where he earned four Bronze Stars.

 



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This ripped my heart out and put it back in a better place. If this is a duplicate, I apologize...

1 posted on 04/04/2006 3:26:44 PM PDT by Fintan
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To: Fintan

Right on, Mr. Lucas.


2 posted on 04/04/2006 3:30:24 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: Fintan

bttt


3 posted on 04/04/2006 3:33:01 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: Fintan

"If you allow someone like Saddam Hussein to get nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with such weapons?

He's already demonstrated a willingness to use these weapons.

He poison-gassed his own people.

He used poison gas and other weapons of mass destruction against his neighbors.

This man has no compunction about killing lots and lots of people...."


-- Al Gore, Dec. 16, 1998


4 posted on 04/04/2006 3:36:12 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

This is why the Rats should lose this fall, provided we aren`t stupid and don`t stay home


5 posted on 04/04/2006 3:42:09 PM PDT by bybybill (RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Willie Green; Mo1; ..

Hopefully, the Johnstown paper publishes it.


6 posted on 04/04/2006 3:54:15 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Fintan

Lump in my throat.


7 posted on 04/04/2006 4:05:01 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Is this a nation, or a halfway house for illegals ... ?)
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To: Fintan

bump


8 posted on 04/04/2006 4:23:16 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (FreeRepublic and Rush Limbaugh: kevlar protection from the Drive-By Media.)
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To: Fintan; freema; Coop
Thank you so much for the post,Fintan! Mr.Lucas speaks for me and many Viet Nam vets, as well as vets in general and American patriots everywhere.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS--SUPPORT THEIR MISSION

Please ping the lists! SS

9 posted on 04/04/2006 4:32:09 PM PDT by smoothsailing (FIRE MURTHA-Support Diana Irey--http://www.irey.com)
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To: smoothsailing

BUMP!!

10 posted on 04/04/2006 4:38:51 PM PDT by Fintan (Did you really think I could post such insightful replies if I actually read the article???)
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To: Fintan; StarCMC; freema; Justanobody; dighton; JeanS; onyx; Howlin; trooprally; ...

Great post!


11 posted on 04/04/2006 4:44:01 PM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Fintan
All I can say is........... SNAPPISH!!!!
12 posted on 04/04/2006 4:50:14 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: Jim Robinson; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 68 grunt; afnamvet; ALOHA RONNIE; ArmyTeach; ...

Vietnam vets ping.


13 posted on 04/04/2006 4:51:02 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Is this a nation, or a halfway house for illegals ... ?)
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To: bybybill
You are absolutely right - the Republicans must stay in power, even if it means voting for a RINO.

If a true conservative does not challenge the RINOs in the primaries AND win it, then we are stuck with the lesser of two evils, a RAT or a RINO!!

[Mr] T

14 posted on 04/04/2006 4:51:14 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: writer33
Chris,please ping this out to your list.Thanks,ss.:)
15 posted on 04/04/2006 4:54:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing (FIRE MURTHA-Support Diana Irey--http://www.irey.com)
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To: Fintan

If you will not desist, I can only hope that responsible members of your party will repudiate your dangerous rhetoric and condemn your assistance to our enemies.

 

Sorry, but I had to repost that.

16 posted on 04/04/2006 4:55:47 PM PDT by Fintan (Did you really think I could post such insightful replies if I actually read the article???)
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To: Coop; Fintan; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow; hellinahandcart; BlueLancer; Billthedrill

Bumpworthy, so here ya go.


17 posted on 04/04/2006 5:00:11 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Fintan; Coop; sinkspur; Brad's Gramma; tiredoflaundry; pissant; SoCalPol; kstewskis; Petronski; ...

Unquestionably, the best post of the day!

Thanks for the ping, Coop.

*pinging others*


18 posted on 04/04/2006 5:00:17 PM PDT by onyx (Elections are in November, 06 ---- 08 can wait!)
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To: Fintan

Please don't be sorry for reposting that sentence.
I had already copied it to repost in my reply.

This is a great letter.
Thank you for posting it.

Irey bump!


19 posted on 04/04/2006 5:00:33 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Fintan; Baynative

BTTT!


20 posted on 04/04/2006 5:01:38 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Fintan

Great letter. Too bad it's wasted on John Murtha and his ilk.


21 posted on 04/04/2006 5:04:30 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Fintan; onyx

BTTT


22 posted on 04/04/2006 5:08:18 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (She left suds in the bucket, And the clothes hangin' out on the line)
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To: onyx

A great one. Should be framed.


23 posted on 04/04/2006 5:12:13 PM PDT by SoCalPol
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To: dixiechick2000; Fintan

24 posted on 04/04/2006 5:13:02 PM PDT by smoothsailing (FIRE MURTHA-Support Diana Irey--http://www.irey.com)
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To: smoothsailing

LOLOLOL!


I like it! ;o)


25 posted on 04/04/2006 5:15:25 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Fintan

Thanks for posting this. And to think Flight 93 is in this A-Hole's District. Wondering if he has ever been there?


26 posted on 04/04/2006 5:15:46 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Delay quit. Good.)
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To: Fintan

bfl


27 posted on 04/04/2006 5:20:04 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Fintan; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...

murtha : Pay attention

You have been hanging around to long with cut and run hanoi kerry

The Brothers and Sisters on The Wall know what you have done.

And before you complain about me, I was there also.

DISMISSED!

GOP Congressman and Former POW Rips John Murtha
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1576009/posts

Rumsfeld slams war statements by Murtha
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1580950/posts

Young Marine Blasts Rep. Murtha at Town Hall Meeting
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1558047/posts

Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1557630/posts


28 posted on 04/04/2006 5:21:19 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a Service Man or Woman today?)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thanks for the ping; you just made my entire day.

My very best Bravo Zulu to Mister Lucas, his son and all the troops.

We should tattoo the entire text on Mothra's broad butt.


29 posted on 04/04/2006 5:22:17 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ("Antique" MSM infers some remaining functionality; IMO they're the zombie media.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!


Thanks, Tonk!


30 posted on 04/04/2006 5:24:49 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Fintan

Well said Mr. Lucus


31 posted on 04/04/2006 5:28:13 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Fintan

Excellent post.


32 posted on 04/04/2006 5:32:27 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: Socratic

I need five minutes alone with this guy.


33 posted on 04/04/2006 5:38:24 PM PDT by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA
I need five minutes alone with this guy.

You'd beat up a demented, old fart? (Good for you - he deserves it).

34 posted on 04/04/2006 5:41:53 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Murtha is dissing our troops who are bravely fighting the WOT. He has no honor. This POS has caught traitor disease from Kerry.


35 posted on 04/04/2006 5:51:01 PM PDT by afnamvet (Enforcement First!)
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To: Fintan; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
murtha needs a reality check!!
(along with a boot planted squarely and firmly in his derriere)


36 posted on 04/04/2006 6:00:18 PM PDT by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: Fintan
DEAR CONGRESSMAN MURTHA

Murtha called our troops "the enemy". For this reason, he should resign--- and the title of this article should drop the "DEAR".

37 posted on 04/04/2006 6:00:24 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: Fintan
If you will not desist, I can only hope that responsible members of your party will repudiate your dangerous rhetoric and condemn your assistance to our enemies.

I don't believe Mr. Murtha's party has enough "responsible" members left to make a phone booth crowded.

And I'd also say that I seriously doubt that the venom spewing from Murtha represents "his views". The man's history in Congress from ABSCAM in the 80s where he barely escaped the net to today shows that he is only motivated by pork, kickbacks and contracts to his brother's lobbying firm. Conscience, higher ideals or intellectual dissent have never been part of his operating agenda. What he is spouting are words dictated to him by those who have the goods on him and are extorting him with that evidence.

I can only hope that the good patriotic Pennsylvanians in his district kick his sorry ass out of office in November.


38 posted on 04/04/2006 6:03:46 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Fintan; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; AirForceBrat23; ALlRightAllTheTime; armymarinemom; bstein80; ...
"My son's life, and the lives of all the men and women fighting this battle are too precious to be endangered by politicians who give aid and comfort to our enemy in order to score rhetorical political points."

CLICK THE PIC


39 posted on 04/04/2006 6:15:25 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: smoothsailing; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; AuH2ORepublican; chcknhawk; Coop; dixiechick2000; Gucho; ..

CLICK THE PIC

Murtha Irey Ping List

40 posted on 04/04/2006 6:21:12 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Fintan

bttt


41 posted on 04/04/2006 6:24:07 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Ditto

The other part of this man's history is cutting the military. He ran the Armed Services Committee back in 1993 when Clinton shredded the military. His cuts went much deeper than the peace dividend cuts recommended by Bush's father. When he moans of a "Broken Army" that was worn out by a 160,000 man deployment, it's his. Of course the milquetoast republicans will never call him on it.

May he rot in hell....


42 posted on 04/04/2006 6:27:23 PM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: freema

Thanks for the ping!


Irey bump!

She's such a lovely woman.


43 posted on 04/04/2006 6:30:22 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Tribune7

"Hopefully, the Johnstown paper publishes it."

The Johnstown Tribune Democrat won't publish the letter.

The newspaper's name says it all.


44 posted on 04/04/2006 6:33:04 PM PDT by old_sage_says ("Man does not live by his words alone, despite the fact that he sometimes has to eat them" A S)
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To: Fintan
>>>I understand fully what you were saying. You were telling the country and - more import- antly - our enemies, that this is not your war, that you do not support it.

Hmmm. I disagree. since John Murtha was the chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee that approved the secret appropriation that was hidden in the $298 billion Defense bill to fund the 'Charlie Wilson War', which in turn created a LARGE black market of US weaponery in the M.E., paid Sheik Rahman a nice salary and financed the Islamic Bomb....I would say, THIS IS John Murtha's war.

45 posted on 04/04/2006 6:35:26 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: smoothsailing

Irey tidbits at 45


46 posted on 04/04/2006 6:36:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

GO CAL!!


47 posted on 04/04/2006 6:37:22 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: freema

48 posted on 04/04/2006 6:37:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing (FIRE MURTHA-Support Diana Irey--http://www.irey.com)
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To: dixiechick2000

bttt


49 posted on 04/04/2006 6:37:35 PM PDT by ShowMeMom (America: The home of the FREE because of the BRAVE.)
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To: Fintan

Well done bump.


50 posted on 04/04/2006 6:39:50 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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