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  • Israel accuses former US Marine on aid mission of terrorist links

    06/07/2010 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 56+ views
    times on line ^ | 6/7/10 | Alexander Christie-Miller, Istanbul
    A former US Marine is at the centre of Israel’s response to the outrage caused by its raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat after it listed him as one of five people on board with terrorist links. Ken O’Keefe, 40, who lives in London, told The Times that he had met Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader, and said that he supported the organisation’s “right to violent resistance”. He also said that he had helped to subdue two Israeli commandos after leaders of the Turkish Islamic IHH charity enacted a plan to defend the boat.
  • Breaking : Rep. John Murtha, Iraq war critic, dies at 77

    02/08/2010 12:08:53 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 122 replies · 3,489+ views
    Breitbart ^ | February 07, 2010 | Breitbart
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77. The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said. In 1974 Murtha, then an officer in the Marine Reserves, became the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to Congress. One of Congress' most hawkish Democrats, he wielded considerable clout for two decades as the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending. Murtha voted...
  • John Murtha Buddy Suspended Because of KICKBACKS-Are the Feds Closing In On the Pork King?

    01/07/2010 12:40:49 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 402+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 1/7/10 | The Lid
    Back in January, agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service searched the office of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems, as well as the homes of the firms' founders. These companies reportedly received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha's efforts. While it was unclear whether Murtha was a target of the investigations, the heightened scrutiny of some of his closest donors including Kuchera and PMA allies signals that the Feds may be inching closer to the 35-year-member of Congress, who is a constant nominee for the Congressional Porker of the Year. Eventually the...
  • For Sale: A Lunch Date with Astronaut John Glenn

    04/12/2009 11:23:45 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 30 replies · 1,350+ views ^ | 9 April 2009, 6:51 pm ET | Staff
    Famed Mercury astronaut John Glenn has an open seat at his lunch table, provided you're willing to foot the bill. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, is offering an afternoon lunch as part of a charity auction for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which is raising college scholarship funds for aspiring engineers and scientists. It was 50 years ago today that NASA unveiled Glenn and the six other Mercury astronauts - the country's first spaceflyers - to the world in a frenzied press conference that made the seven men instant national heroes. On that April 9 in 1959, Glenn...
  • Russell Comes Out Swinging Against Murtha

    09/17/2008 11:59:20 AM PDT · by impeachedrapist · 43 replies · 603+ views
    KDKA ^ | 9/16/08 | Jon Delano
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Lt. Col. Bill Russell was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11th. "The office I was in was actually one floor up and about 150 feet from where the cockpit ended," says Russell. That experience and his military service in Iraq shaped Russell's strong support for the Iraq war and his political challenge to long-time Democratic Congressman John Murtha. "People can disagree about whether we should be there, but the fact of the matter is that we are there -- and we have no choice but to win and achieve victory," says the Republican...
  • Scott Ritter: Big Lie - Iran is a Threat (Iran leader = deceased "Khomeini")

    10/09/2007 10:44:49 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 45 replies · 1,149+ views
    Freedom4um ^ | 10/11/07 | Scott Ritter
    Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security threat to global security. At the height of Iran’s “exportation of the Islamic Revolution” phase, in the mid-1980’s, the Islamic Republic demonstrated a less-than-impressive ability to project its power beyond the immediate borders of Iran, and even then this projection was limited to war-torn Lebanon. Iranian military capability reached its modern peak in the late 1970’s, during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlevi. The combined effects of institutional distrust on the part of the theocrats who currently...
  • Ex-Police Officer Helps Subdue Two Men Onboard NWA Flight

    06/06/2007 10:23:34 AM PDT · by Jeff Blogworthy · 53 replies · 2,536+ views ^ | 06/05/2007 |
    Suspects Began Screaming, Rolling In AisleWhat, exactly, happened onboard a recent Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Boston? That's the question federal investigators are now contemplating, while a former police officer is being called a hero for his role in subduing two passengers. Boston's WBZ-TV reports Bob Hayden, a retired 28-year veteran police officer and former Lawrence, MA police chief, was a passenger on Northwest Flight 720 this weekend. Hayden says that even before the plane took off, one man started to act strangely -- pacing up and down the aisle, apparently aggravated. A flight attendant forced the man into...
  • Ex-Marine Matinee Idol on Al-Jazeera (Former Soldier working for Al-Jazeera!)

    03/23/2007 6:43:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies · 727+ views
    NY Observer ^ | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    Josh Rushing, the former Marine and Control Room star turned Al-Jazeera English reporter, spent nearly his entire adult life around combat gear. But a week ago, he seemed a bit uneasy with the pile of brand-new body armor piled in a corner of his downtown Washington office. He fingered the bright-blue canvas over the heavy protective plates—a major departure from the military’s more subdued palette—and decided the vest was “the wrong color.” Then he hefted the gear onto his forearm with a practiced motion, groaning in surprise with the strain of it. “Geez, Louise—it’s heavy! It’s much heavier than any...
  • Bob Kerrey, Wesley Clark to speak at Murtha's anti-war counter rally Saturday

    09/27/2006 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Coop · 71 replies · 1,344+ views
    <p>Sept. 26, 2006... Local Johnstown, PA station WJAC-TV announced during their 11PM news cast that former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry will be speaking at the Murtha anti-war counter rally this Saturday. Murtha's counter rally is organized by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia. Former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark is also expected to speak.</p>
  • Descending on Johnstown (just a month away)

    08/29/2006 5:57:55 PM PDT · by Coop · 144 replies · 2,518+ views
    Boot Murtha ^ | 8/29/01 | Coop/VFTT
    Come to the National VFTT Boot Murtha Rally Sunday, Oct. 1st in Johnstown, PA Rally Location: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 2 p.m. If you're considering going and spending the night, book your room now! The Max Cleland groupies that are rallying the day before aren't simply there to counter us. They're also trying to fill hotel rooms before we do.
  • The road to Haditha: changing face of war

    08/23/2006 5:16:07 AM PDT · by Coop · 48 replies · 2,636+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/22/06 | George Bryjak
    SAN DIEGO // On Nov. 19, 2005, a unit of Marines arrived at the Iraqi village of Haditha to remove the bodies of civilians reportedly killed by a roadside blast. What they found were infants, women and children shot in the face and chest and the body of a wheelchair-bound elderly man riddled with bullets. A group of Marines are under criminal investigation that could lead to murder charges in the slayings of 24 civilians in the western Iraqi village. Like Abu Ghraib, Haditha has become synonymous with war atrocities, in this case an alleged act of retribution for the...
  • Is Murtha Getting the Last Laugh?

    08/20/2006 6:01:23 AM PDT · by Coop · 75 replies · 2,698+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 8/20/06 | Margaret Talev
    "...[w]hen people lose confidence in that official, they have no power at all." [said Murtha] Mr. Murtha's outspokenness has made him a target. A North Carolina-based group called Vets for the Truth has launched a "Boot Murtha" campaign, inviting protesters to an Oct. 1 rally in Johnstown. Organizer Larry Bailey is a retired Navy SEAL who said he was driven not by Mr. Murtha's stance on troop redeployment but by the congressman's assertion in May, before a thorough investigation, that Marines in Haditha had killed innocent Iraqi civilians "in cold blood." "I have some misgivings myself about what's going on...
  • Murtha is assailed for daring to speak out

    08/09/2006 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Coop · 113 replies · 1,937+ views
    Centre Daily/Phil. Enquirer ^ | 8/6/06 | Editorial staff
    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...
  • Of Rightroots, Nutroots, and Knuckleheads

    08/07/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Coop · 37 replies · 507+ views
    Wizbang Politics ^ | 8/7/06 | Jim Addison
    When the Rightroots effort began, it sounded like a great way to counter the KosKids/Nutroots incursions into key congressional races. One of the weaknesses of the Nutroots seemed to be picking candidates with their emotions rather than with their brains {if any}. Many of those Kos selected had no practical chance to win, so not only was the money raised a waste, but with each new defeat the project took on the air of windmill-tilting. Then, when The Florida Masochist gave Rightroots his "Knucklehead of the Day" award, I began to worry. Diane Irey, opposing anti-war, anti-Marine John Murtha, is...
  • Whatever it is, this isn't Treason

    08/06/2006 1:52:57 PM PDT · by Coop · 127 replies · 3,260+ views
    We cannot recall when, if ever, a congressional race in our corner of the world developed a national focus, but such was the case last week. Unfortunately, it was characterized by the kind of overheated rhetoric that plagues today's politics. A group of veterans announced it would sponsor a national veterans rally in October to protest Rep. John Murtha's opposition to the Iraq war. "Vets for the Truth" is a successor to one of the organizations that worked against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. But the group does not simply disagree with Murtha that the United States should...
  • What are Veterans Saying about Diana Irey? (

    08/05/2006 6:15:57 AM PDT · by Coop · 78 replies · 1,587+ views
    Vets4Irey ^ | 8/5/06 | W04Man/Coop/Various veterans
    "I don't understand turncoats as Murtha and Kerry..Where do they think their freedoms come from. The U.N.? As an Iraqi Freedom Veteran it turns my stomach. Shut these FOOLS down!" Radel, William D. "I am an active duty CW5 here at Ft. Bragg NC. I have been deployed into theater 3 times for about 24 months and am deploying to Afghanistan late this year. I am so disgusted as a Pennsylvanian to know that Murtha is representing my state. That he would sell down the river any chance those Marines might have for a fair trial is beyond reprehensible. ......

    08/02/2006 2:54:15 PM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 111 replies · 2,717+ views
    Irey for Congress ^ | August 2, 2006 | Irey for Congress
    MONONGAHELA, August 2) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's statement today that "I don't blame the staff sergeant for lashing out," in response to a law suit filed against Murtha by Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, claiming defamation -- today released the following statement: "'I don't blame the staff sergeant for lashing out.' "That's what Jack Murtha had to say today, responding to news that Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich has sued Murtha for defamation of character and libel. "'Lashing out?' Filing a lawsuit for libel and defamation is not...
  • Murtha Statement on Law Suit

    08/02/2006 9:20:40 AM PDT · by xpertskir · 144 replies · 3,868+ views
    John Murtha US Rep ^ | 8/2/06 | Murtha
    Murtha issues statement on lawsuit Johnstown, PA - Congressman John Murtha today released the following statement about a lawsuit filed by a Marine Corps staff sergeant charged in the incident at Haditha in November 2005. An Associated Press story filed earlier this morning said that evidence collected in Haditha “supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot” 24 civilians, including unarmed women and children. “I don’t blame the staff sergeant for lashing out. When I spoke up about Haditha, my intention was to draw attention to the horrendous pressure put on our troops in Iraq and to the cover-up of the...
  • Marine Names Murtha in Defamation Suit

    08/01/2006 9:05:50 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 209 replies · 5,075+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2006 | Josh White
    A Marine Corps staff sergeant who led the squad accused of killing two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will file a lawsuit today in federal court in Washington claiming that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) defamed him when the congressman made public comments about the incident earlier this year. Attorneys for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in court papers that Murtha tarnished the Marine's reputation by telling news organizations in May that the Marine unit cracked after a roadside bomb killed one of its members and that the troops "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha also said repeatedly that...
  • Bailey's Briefing of the Day (Boot Murtha)

    07/24/2006 2:06:19 PM PDT · by Coop · 29 replies · 1,321+ views ^ | 7/26/06 | Larry Bailey
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I never thought for a moment that we would be where we are right now—on the verge of creating a political explosion unprecedented in modern political life. Our vision a couple of months ago was extremely limited in scope—we just wanted to “do our part” in making life uncomfortable for “al-Jazeera Jack” Murtha, but things have totally changed that vision. What has happened is amazing! So many people from across the country have contacted us and encouraged us and contributed to our efforts that it appears like a true groundswell has emerged and is growing in size....
  • John Murtha (just when you think he can't say any more stupid things)

    07/23/2006 5:21:51 PM PDT · by Coop · 149 replies · 3,110+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7/24/06 | David T. Cook
    US Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations Committee and an Iraq war critic, was the guest at last Friday's Monitor breakfast. "We have become occupiers. We cannot win this militarily. But I hesitated to say anything. I waited probably too long. The way we operate militarily is a problem.... We go into a place, we have to blow it up to protect American lives. I agree with that. That's the way we operate to protect Americans. On what would change if the Democrats retook control of the House: "Accountability is going to be...
  • Lone candidate backs Murtha on Iraq

    07/21/2006 5:55:47 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 14 replies · 451+ views
    Portsmouth (NH) Herald ^ | July 18, 2006 | Staff
    MANCHESTER (AP) -- Carol Shea-Porter calls anti-war Congressman John Murtha "a profile in courage," but she stands all but alone among Democratic congressional hopefuls in the state. Murtha, a former Marine, Vietnam veteran and strong supporter of the military in Congress, shocked the country last fall when he said the U.S. could do no more in Iraq and should withdraw. The Pennsylvania congressman plans to speak to Democrats in Hampton on Sunday. The New Hampshire Union Leader asked New Hampshire's congressional candidates whether they agree with Murtha's call for prompt withdrawal.
  • Irey to Murtha: Do you Approve of Using Fallen Soldiers as Democratic Fund-Raising Tools?

    07/12/2006 2:24:49 PM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 114 replies · 1,939+ views
    Irey for Congress ^ | July 12, 2006 | Irey for Congress
    (MONONGAHELA, July 12) – Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey – responding to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising video using images of caskets of fallen American soldiers – today released the following statement: “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week sent out a fundraising video using images of caskets of fallen American soldiers. Raising campaign cash off the deaths of our honored dead is revolting. Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel should be ashamed of themselves – and so should any Democrat who stands for this. “Consequently, I have a new question for Jack...
  • A Dozen Reasons why Commissioner Irey Can Defeat Rep. John Murtha

    07/06/2006 7:02:15 PM PDT · by Coop · 190 replies · 2,597+ views
    Various / me ^ | 7/6/06 | Coop
    <p>John Kerry only managed to get 51% of the 12th district's vote in 2004, and Jack Murtha cannot realistically be expected to match that very high Presidential voter turnout.</p> <p>Diana Irey has 10 years of experience as Washington County's Commissioner, including seven consecutive balanced budgets without a tax increase.</p>
  • Liberals Will Get us All Killed

    07/06/2006 4:13:05 AM PDT · by Coop · 77 replies · 2,152+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 7/4/06 | Kevin McCullough
    ...[m]ore recently liberal voices in the print press have been reckless both with what they did report (secret programs aimed at giving us the upper hand in our fight with those who would like to sever our head from our bodies). And what they didn't (discovery of enough WMD in Iraq to kill 8.3 million persons - like the isle of Manhattan or the entire urban metro of Chicago). Take the New York Times for example. In their direct reporting of how we were spying on the conversations that Al Qaeda were having with sleeper cells in our nation via...
  • GOP Babe-of-the-Week (Guess who?)

    07/05/2006 7:58:37 AM PDT · by Coop · 91 replies · 6,860+ views
    Jersey GOP ^ | Current "Babe" as of 7/5/06 | Unknown
  • No Plan?? -- Excellent Video taking on Murtha's Rants

    07/02/2006 3:02:58 PM PDT · by Coop · 41 replies · 537+ views
    Vets4Irey ^ | 7/2/06 | O.P. Ditch
    VIDEO: Click on Murtha's ugly mug with "No Plan?" stamped across his face. Also, nearly 750 veterans have signed up on the site supporting Diana Irey's campaign against EX-Marine Murtha. Please sign up (no cost/obligation) if you haven't already, and spread the word.
  • Murtha ABSCAM Video Excerpt

    06/24/2006 10:07:09 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 31 replies · 1,620+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2006 | FBI
    Someone posted this on another thread, and I just wanted to put this on its own thread so that no one would miss it, and so that it would be easy for everyone to find on FR searching by title (I searched "video" and "Murtha" and "ABSCAM" and didn't find it). ABSCAM was an early 1980s scandal in which phony Arab businessmen (actually FBI agents) offered cash bribes to several congressmen. Everything was videotaped. Murtha was among those who was offered money, and he turned it down -- "at this point" -- but clearly was expressing interest at some possible...
  • IN MURTHA'S OWN WORDS ( We can defend Iraq from Okinawa )

    06/19/2006 11:54:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 104 replies · 2,518+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | June 18, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Ian's got the video of Murtha on Meet The Press. Transcript here. After criticizing Karl Rove's "fat backside," Murtha put forth his fat-headed Okinawa plan: MR. RUSSERT: You say redeploy. Again, Mr. Rove challenges that comment. Let’s listen and give you again a chance to respond to the White House. (Videotape, Monday): MR. ROVE: Congressman Murtha said, “Let’s redeploy them immediately to another country in the Middle East. Let’s get out of Iraq and go to another country.” My question is, what country would take us? What country would say after the United States cut and run from Iraq, what...

    05/18/2006 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 68 replies · 2,477+ views ^ | 05/18/06 | Neal Boortz
    Pennsylvania Democrat John 'cut and run' Murtha, the Congressman from Al-Qaeda, has once again opened his mouth and stirred a little controversy. He is accusing the United States Marines of killing Iraqi civilians...on purpose, in cold blood. This time he is referring to a March incident that was reported in Time magazine and one that the military is investigating.  The story goes that 15 Marines walked right into a civilian house throwing grenades and shooting...killing 15 Iraqis, including women and children.  That's right...the U.S. Marines go around killing innocent people for no reason.  That must be some military we have!...
  • Murtha speech gets cheers and jeers (Cut & Run Tour Fizzles on Home Turf)

    05/14/2006 9:21:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 90 replies · 2,207+ views
    The Pitssburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 5-14-06 | Richard Robbins
      Murtha speech gets cheers and jeers By Richard Robbins TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 14, 2006 U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha -- one of the most vocal critics of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq -- drew cheers and boos during his commencement speech at Seton Hill University on Saturday when he once again called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. "We don't care. This isn't about graduation," Leonard Pierce, of North Huntingdon, the parent of a graduate, called out several times from the audience. The catcalls prompted shouts from other audience members that Murtha should be allowed...
  • DEAR CONGRESSMAN MURTHA...(FReepers, Please Read...)

    04/04/2006 3:26:43 PM PDT · by Fintan · 91 replies · 2,214+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 04.04.06 | JOHN A. LUCAS
    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...
  • Do You Know This Man?

    03/23/2006 3:50:22 PM PST · by Coop · 84 replies · 1,901+ views
    Irey for Congress ^ | 3/22/06 | Friends of Diana Irey
    Do you know this man? For years, many of us throughout Pennsylvania trusted John Murtha. We knew him and he looked out for our interests and our values. But that John Murtha is missing today. After 32 years in Washington, John Murtha has become part of the problem. To name just a few examples: John Murtha – Wrong on Congressional Pay Raises. Since 1995, John Murtha has voted 11 straight time in favor of raising his own pay. (CQ #648, #317, #435, #289, #300, #419, #267, #322, #463, #451, and #327) John Murtha – Wrong on Spending. John Murtha...
  • Letter to Congressman Murtha from Dave Rockwell

    03/15/2006 1:05:48 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 16 replies · 1,132+ views ^ | March 15, 2006 | Dave Rockwell
    I have watched intently as your political party has attempted to use this war for political advantage and find it to be repugnant in the extreme. That your name is now inextricably linked to Senators Kennedy, Biden and Durbin-politicians who we believe do not support us-must be of great concern to your constituents. How can you ask us to leave? Must we forget all the sacrifices, the deaths, lost limbs, lost marriages and the daily struggle to win? What do I say to my 22 year old nephew, a Staff Sergeant with the 1/75th Rangers seriously wounded in Mosul last...
  • Irey files to challenge Murtha

    03/08/2006 9:10:43 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 65 replies · 1,191+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter ^ | 3-8-06 | Barbara S. Miller
    Irey files to challenge Murtha Barbara S. Miller Wednesday, March 08, 2006 Washington County Commissioner Diana L. Irey, an all-but-announced Republican congressional candidate, has taken the first formal step toward a bid to unseat veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha. Neither Irey nor her media consultant, John Brabender, returned phone calls for comment Tuesday after Irey's name was listed among those having filed as candidates in Harrisburg, and her secretary said she would not be in the Washington County commissioners' office, where she took few questions last week on her pending decision. "Petitions are being circulated. If I'm going to...
  • Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question

    01/13/2006 11:53:53 AM PST · by paltz · 645 replies · 22,500+ views ^ | 1/13/05 | By Marc Morano and Randy Hall
    ( - Having ascended to the national stage as one of the most vocal critics of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha has long downplayed the controversy and the bitterness surrounding the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for military service in Vietnam. Murtha is a retired marine and was the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. Since 1967, there have been at least three different accounts of the injuries that purportedly earned Murtha his Purple Hearts. Those accounts also appear to conflict with the limited military records that are available, and...
  • Rep. Murtha Working With Code Pink to Undermine Morale of Wounded at Walter Reed

    01/10/2006 5:59:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 233 replies · 15,906+ views
    Tuesday, January 10, 2006 | Kristinn
    Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) met with leaders of the anti-American group Code Pink last week at the anti-Operation Iraqi Freedom meeting in Arlington, Virginia hosted by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)Code Pink posted pictures of the meeting along with a statement indicating they will be working with Rep. Murtha to deliver "kindness and support to the wounded soldiers" at Walter Reed.Code Pink has given $650,000 to the terrorists in Fallujah, participated in war crimes tribunals against America and has called American soldiers "killers" on their website among many treasonous actions. Text of Code Pink's statement on meeting Rep. Murtha:Thank You Congressman...
  • Madeleine Albright: Bush Talks 'Victory' Too Much

    12/31/2005 10:21:56 AM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 192 replies · 3,656+ views ^ | Dec. 31, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    In an interview posted on the Democratic National Committee's web site, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she doesn't like the way President Bush "repeatedly" talks about achieving victory in the Iraq war. "I was very troubled recently, particularly by [Bush's] first speech to the Naval Academy," the former top Clinton diplomat complains in a DNC audio webcast. "They clearly had some kind of a new pollster in the White House tell them that the word 'victory' had to be repeated endlessly," Albright griped. "Plus, [there was] the backdrop that said 'victory' and then there was 'victory' on the...
  • Murtha's got it wrong: We're winning in Iraq

    12/27/2005 5:10:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies · 945+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 12/27/2005 | John O'Sullivan
    Murtha's got it wrong: We're winning in Iraq December 27, 2005 BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN Five weeks ago a wave of hysteria swept through Washington. Suddenly the Washington establishment became convinced that the war in Iraq was lost. This conviction was sparked off by the speech of Rep. John Murtha, a crusty former Marine usually described as a conservative Democrat, who declared that U.S. policy in Iraq was "a flawed policy wrapped in an illusion" and called for "immediate redeployment" of U.S. troops. The speech was like a match on a bonfire. Murtha was the lead story in newspapers and on...
  • IT'S ELECTRIC (U.S. troops describe a festive astmosphere across Iraq)

    12/15/2005 12:27:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies · 2,850+ views
    National Review ^ | 12-15-05 | W.Thomas Smith Jr.
    December 15, 2005, 8:27 a.m. It's Electric U.S. troops describe a festive atmosphere across Iraq. By W. Thomas Smith Jr. As Iraqis queue up at polling stations, some of the scenes look more like a series of regional block parties than what most Westerners would associate with an election day. Children can be seen waving flags or playing soccer. Adults are cheering, clapping hands, beating drums, singing, dancing, and waving at passing U.S. and Iraqi military vehicles. There simply seems to have been more energy in the run-up to this election than in previous ones. And why not? December 15,...
  • A Marine Dad responds to Representative Jack Murtha

    12/10/2005 10:55:56 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 43 replies · 1,746+ views
    Marine Corps Moms ^ | December 09, 2005 | LTC Christopher J. Stark
    Representative Murtha: During the dark days of the American Revolution the Commanding General, George Washington, seemed unable to win any victories. There were wholesale desertions, troops were starving, the fledgling government was sporadic with money, food and ammunition in short supply. Out of this darkness emerged a genuine American Hero. This officer brilliantly led his troops in combat and though seriously, and almost mortally wounded, won victory after victory for the desperate and beleaguered American Continental Army. After helping to turn the tide of war in the favor of the Americans, this officer's fame grew as did his prestige, but...
  • Rep. John Murtha May Face Ethics Investigation

    12/05/2005 7:41:51 AM PST · by ncountylee · 72 replies · 4,968+ views
    sierratimes ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    One of the mysteries these days is the about-face of a supposed Democrat war hawk, Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Considered a supporter of the Iraq conflict, the decorated former Marine suddenly came out with statements calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and that the war is not winnable. After the liberal media feasted on his sudden burst on the national scene, Murtha became the new lightning rod for the antiwar, anti-American movement. Recently, he said that the US military was worn out and unable to protect Americans should a security crisis emerge. And the media again...
  • Attorneys caught after threatening legal letter to Michelle Malkin.

    11/29/2005 12:05:01 PM PST · by kokonut · 8 replies · 5,669+ views
    Kokonut Pundits ^ | November 28, 2005 | Kokonut
    Michelle Malkin has the update on a 527 organization's attempt (Main Street Individual Fund) to hide the George Soros' $50,000 donation to moderate Republicans (Republican in name only - RINOs) who are essentially against President Bush. This organization funds "Main Street" moderate Republicans. Even if the Google cache is supposedly gone (Soros) you can always try the Internet Archive site to find the cache where it would look like this. Click on any of the three that were archived in 2004 and see that Soros' name is still there. This'll add a bit more legitimacy on what Malkin pointed out...
  • Many Modern 'Liberals' are Indeed Un-American

    12/03/2005 10:27:42 AM PST · by Coastal · 23 replies · 2,340+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 12-03-05 | JB Williams
    First, many modern liberals aren’t liberal at all today. Instead of seeking to expand personal freedom and liberty like the liberals of old, they seek to remove freedoms and liberties from others to support their federal dependency. There ain’t nothin’ American about that! Just so you don’t miss the point, let’s keep it simple and straight forward. People from other countries who hate American principles are called “anti-American”. People from America who hate those same American principles are called “un-American”. Too simple? Oh I know - it’s politically incorrect to use the term “un-American” when referring to people who call...
  • Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Turns Tables on Media

    12/03/2005 9:52:27 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 87 replies · 3,582+ views ^ | 12/03/05 | unknown
    The American media is up in arms over reports that the Pentagon hired a public relations firm to write positive news stories about the Iraq war and get them printed in the Iraqi press. But Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad, isn't letting journalists get away with their phony display of outrage. After the New York Times front-paged the "fake news" story Thursday under the headline: "U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers," Gen. Lynch defended the practice. "We don't lie. We don't need to lie," he told reporters in Baghdad. "We...
  • Clinton Tells Ky. Dems Bush Mismanaged War [Barfer]

    12/02/2005 9:35:25 PM PST · by ncountylee · 81 replies · 1,152+ views
    AP ^ | 12/02/05 | BRUCE SCHREINER
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused President Bush of mismanaging the Iraq war and claimed his domestic agenda has taken the country off course in a speech Friday night to Democrats in a state that solidly backed the Republican president last year. About 2,000 people cheered the New York senator as she accused Bush of ignoring an ailing health care system and rewarding tax cuts to the wealthy while piling up deficits. Clinton headlined a party fundraiser that brought in $600,000 for Kentucky candidates as Democrats try to reverse gains by Republicans, who hold the governor's mansion and...
  • Roberts: Bush's critics jeopardize U.S. work in Iraq

    12/03/2005 9:35:07 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 475+ views
    THE BRADENTON HERALD ^ | Dec. 03, 2005 | Dan Voorhis
    Sen. Pat Roberts warned critics of President Bush's Iraq policy that they may be hurting the country's attempt to win the war. He spoke Friday at the Kansas Livestock Association's annual conference in Wichita. Robert welcomed Bush's speech at Annapolis, Md., this week laying out his plan to win the war in Iraq and bring U.S. troops home. "This is long overdue," he said. "We need more straight talk." But, he said, the challenge of winning the war is made harder by critics who called on Bush to withdraw all troops from Iraq.
  • An Army Broken? (Troop Response to Murtha)

    12/03/2005 9:05:27 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 3 replies · 350+ views
    Miserable Donuts ^ | 12-02-2005 | Major John
    With all the eagerness of a dog returning to something it has vomited up, the conventional media has latched onto Rep. Murtha's rambling discourse about the Army being "broken" and "has done all they can." Unmitigated crap. And I don't say this out of defensiveness or service pride - I'll tell you about how far we have had to come in a bit. First, though, a little material for you to mull over. The US Army is quite open about how it works, what it sees for its future, what it has been told to do in the future by...

    11/30/2005 3:51:28 PM PST · by Plutarch · 90 replies · 3,114+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 30, 2005 | Ann Coulter
    When Democratic Rep. John Murtha called for the withdrawal of American troops in the middle of the war, Republicans immediately leapt to action by calling Murtha a war hero, a patriot and a great American. I haven't heard Republicans issue this many encomiums to one man since Ronald Reagan died. By now, Murtha has been transformed into the greatest warrior since Alexander the Great and is probably dating Jennifer Aniston. In response to Murtha's demand for the "immediate withdrawal of American troops" -- as The New York Times put it -- President Bush called Murtha a "fine man, a good...
  • Murtha assesses Army as 'broken' [TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY ALERT]

    12/02/2005 6:58:13 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 79 replies · 2,871+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 2, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Rep. John P. Murtha is continuing his assault on the Bush administration's Iraq war policy, asserting this week that the U.S. Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth."</p> <p>The Pentagon and a senior Republican senator sharply disagreed with his assessment.</p>