Skip to comments.Murtha is assailed for daring to speak out
Posted on 08/09/2006 4:06:54 PM PDT by Coop
John Murtha... is taking obscene criticism from the right for daring to point out that the Bush administration has given our troops an all-but-impossible job in Iraq.
The 17-term congressman had already inflamed the Swift Boat crowd last year by calling for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces.
The fallout reached a ridiculous low point last fall when a Republican congresswoman who'd never been within several time zones of a battlefield called Murtha, winner of two Purple Hearts, a coward on the House floor. [Coop note: Any bets as to how close any of these editors ever came to a battlefield?]
Now, incredibly, the partisan rhetoric is even more vile. Murtha is being called a traitor and a "fifth columnist" because he responded to reports of a possible massacre in Haditha, Iraq, by lamenting that Marines shot Iraqi civilians "in cold blood."
The descriptions of what happened in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005, are among the ugliest to come out of the war. The Marines said initially that civilians were killed in crossfire with insurgents after a bomb killed a Marine. A military probe since then has amassed evidence that Marines may have deliberately shot and killed 24 civilians, including children, in a house-to-house search, and that attempts were made to cover up the incident. [Coop note: A military probe, which you're apparently so fond of, has already concluded there was no cover up. Get up to date... on a whole host of issues!]
Murtha's point was that such incidents are an inevitable result of leaving troops too long in the middle of an emerging civil war with no clear mission.
That's not the talk of a traitor... A country that can't handle that kind of debate is a country that can't handle democracy.
(Excerpt) Read more at centredaily.com ...
And pay attention boys and girls! Calling Marines "cold blooded killers" is healthy debate. Calling that reckless accuser "a traitor" is obscene. The elites have spoken!
It seems to me that the media is in overdrive trying to protect Murtha's sorry butt. Why? They keep insisting he's not in any re-election trouble. ;-)
These wimpy pro-Murtha editorials are the equivalent of armpit stains during a public speaking engagement.
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Wow, now finally the MSM is shovelling dirt on Murtha as fast as they can to cover up his treason....ain't gonna work, the horse ran out of the barn WAY back.
They say that like it's a good thing...
We seem to be missing a Barf Alert.
It'll work if he's re-elected. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter, nor the ability for "outraged" conservatives to do nothing.
More like a whining sissy alert.
It's the first word of the title - what more do you want?!? ;-)
For the second time today I stand corrected (LOL).
Hopefully he will NOT be elected to an eighteenth term!!
Good grief. Like that is a good thing!
The old double standard free speech; I am free to say what I want ,but, you can't if you disagree. Works well for 3 year olds and rats.
Oh spare us. It's not Murtha speaking out that is the problem. It's not as if he's the only one dissenting on Iraq. It's the irresponsible way in which he's gone about it, throwing about wild charges, making bizarre assertions and his ugly and partisan venom that has made Murtha a particularized target of conservatives. If just simple disagreement over the war were all that got under our skin, we conservatives would have to make it a full time job going after all the carpers.
No, it is not disagreement we have a problem with but the DISAGREEABLE nature of the dissent coming from rank partisan hacks like Murtha. Constructive criticism of our government is always welcome and a tradition of American democracy. Destructive criticism is in quite another league. It is precisely this kind of venomous and slanderous criticism destructive of our national leadership and of our military, like claiming the president lied to get us into a war or pronouncing guilt on Marines involved in Haditha before all the facts are knows is why Murtha finds himself coming under the gun.
And by the way, as the MSM defends the right of Murtha to attack the war effort, then they damned well better respect our right to attack the irresponsible and divisive way he's gone about it.
I love the way the author impugns the Republican congresswomen who spoke up about the policy Murtha was espousing. If I recall the circumstances, she never said Murtha was a coward, she was quoting a Marine constituent who said that cowards cut and run and Marines never did. Ever since then she has been villified as though she were personally attacking Murtha. It's an example of the way the media and left twist words to suit their purposes.
If you call treason, "speaking out", yes, he was assailed! And I'm so happy about.
I do not listen to Murtha, much like would not listen to any other gibbering senile old coot.