Skip to comments.DEAR CONGRESSMAN MURTHA...(FReepers, Please Read...)
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.
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....
Thanks for the ping!
She's such a lovely woman.
"Hopefully, the Johnstown paper publishes it."
The Johnstown Tribune Democrat won't publish the letter.
The newspaper's name says it all.
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.
Irey tidbits at 45
Well done bump.
MAN, ITS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE STAY IN THIS FIGHT, CAUSE THE RATS WON`T QUIT
Mr. Lucas has spoken for millions of us who are sick and tired of complete asses like Cong. Murtha and many other of his fellow traitors and their actions against what our America stands for. Perhaps the good Congressman would do the right thing and resign his office, or perhaps,admit he is completely wrong and apologize to all of our troops for his stupidity. Neither of these will happen though, and Murtha will continue his poisoning of the American spirit, and his denigration of our military forces. To hell with him and his rotten ideas. Thank you Mr. Lucas for showing us how evil Murtha really is.
Well said and right on the mark.
While addressing primarily Murtha, it also should be addressing the Dimocratic Party leadership of today.
They sure aren't the Democrats we saw in WW2.
(Julie,can you ping this around?)
Please help support Murtha's opponent.....Diana Irey
"My opponent [Murtha] has become the national spokesperson for the anti-democracy movement in Iraq, a position and opinion that lies in sharp contrast to most of us in the district he was elected to represent."
"Withdrawal right now would be devastating to the United States of America. We have to stand for our beliefs, we have to be committed to win this war on terror. Anything short of that will cause America great harm."
Diana Irey--March 22,2006