John (Jack) Murtha (D)
From Hero to Zero in 72 Hours
Written by JB Williams
Unlike Senator John
Kerry, whose self-proclaimed war-hero status of some 30 years ago is
questionable at best, not a single individual doubts the past valor of House
Representative John Murtha thirty-five years ago in Viet
Nam. It’s what has happened to him
since then that gives rise to great doubt. Mostly, his recent recitation of DNC
issued political propaganda concerning the mission in Iraq,
which has a very familiar ring to it…
Do these words sound
familiar? “Our welcome has been worn
out," "They're subdued [our
troops] compared to normal morale of elite
forces," "There's no
military solution.” "The
U.S. cannot accomplish anything further militarily. It is
time to bring [the troops] home."
They sound a lot like the
words Rep. Murtha used less than a week ago leading up to his formal call for
troop withdrawal from Iraq.
However, these are instead the words Rep. Murtha used to convince Bill Clinton
to withdraw troops from Somalia
in 1993, after 18 U.S.
soldiers were attacked and killed in the streets of Mogadishu.
The most important part
of this story for every American to know and understand is this.
Al Qaeda, at the
direction of our friend Osama bin Laden, organized that street attack against
U.S. Soldiers in Mogadishu.
Bin Laden himself later said that America's
withdrawal from Somalia
had emboldened his burgeoning Al Qaeda force and encouraged him to plan new
attacks. (This was years before 9/11.) "Our
people realize[d] more than before that the American soldier is a paper tiger
that run[s] in defeat after a few blows," the terror chief
recalled. "America forgot all about the hoopla and media propaganda and
left dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat." Osama
bin Laden, (Source: HAN in Nairobi)
This is indeed not the
first time Rep. Murtha has adopted a “cut and run” attitude towards
a challenging, but worthwhile mission. In fact, this is not the first time he
has done so while staring into the face of international terrorism and not the
first time his words have emboldened America’s
enemies, here and abroad.
There is a 95lb tigress
from Ohio named
Jean Schmidt though, who is currently being maligned for bravely carrying a
message from a U.S. Marine to the floor of the people’s House. She is
being tarred and feathered by her colleagues in the House and the media around
the world for reading a Marines statement that was at odds with Rep.
Murtha’s “cut and run” attitude and that of his faux patriot
friends in the DNC.
But that Marines message
was kind compared to what many active and retired military folks would like to
say on the floor of the people’s House, given the chance. I have included
a letter from a reader who responded to my recent column “When Rhetoric Clashes with Reality”,
just so you won’t miss the point… I receive similar messages from
active and retired military on a daily basis, as I’m sure the press does
as well. This one just says it better than I could ever hope to…and
unlike the press, I’ll publish it…
The letter is from a New
Jersey man who served in the Fourth Division of the
U.S. Army in Germany
from 1954-1957. He is the very proud father of two Marine sons’, both of
whom have served in Iraq.
His oldest received the Navy Meritorious Medal for his actions directing
attacks on Najaf. The younger is a Cobra helicopter pilot who flew missions in
the attack on Fallujah. Both of them volunteer Marines, both of them
commissioned at Quantico. The
youngest has volunteered for further duty in Iraq.
This writer is also a former FBI agent and no novice in the arena of national
security. His name is Robert Hallett… (Without edit)
many people have bought into the BS that Rep. John Murtha is a
"well-respected veteran of the Viet Nam War." He was decorated and earned two
purple hearts. But, you know, I simply don't buy into a man' courage
demonstrated thirty-five years ago, that whatever he does today must be
measured by that once demonstrated act of valor. As a Democrat he has
surrounded himself with the lies and fury of his party for too long. It
clearly has made him into a coward today. I'm truly sorry to malign a man
who once demonstrated his courage on the battlefield but it is his act TODAY
that angers me. As a man who was once in battle in an unpopular war, he
more than others should know what advocating "cut and run" really
means. Obviously, he doesn't remember or more likely doesn't want to
remember. Today, he is a Democrat politician and as such, I call him a
coward as I would have called him a hero thirty-five years ago.
that what I am saying here would anger many Americans and I'm sorry they feel
that way but I have said it and I mean it. People change over time and it
is clear to me that Rep. John Murtha has changed. For his political end
he has, like that other Viet Nam "hero", John Kerry, changed his stripes
and he has become a yellow coward for his own political gain.
Before going to press
with this statement, I offered Mr. Hallett an opportunity to reconsider his
strong words, to which he replied. “I
reread my statements to you a moment ago and feel sad that I should state a
decorated Marine Viet Nam hero should have changed his stripes so
significantly, apparently to satisfy his current political status. I hold
Rep. Jean Schmidt's comment, "Cowards cut and run, Marines never do"
in high esteem and quite correct. Hopefully, Col. John Murtha will
rethink his statement and his attacks upon a commander-in-chief (same speech)
as a liar.
Like the Marine that sent
Rep. Schmidt to read a message to congress, Mr. Hallett’s comments do
nothing to malign the past heroism of Rep. John Murtha some thirty-five years
ago in Viet Nam.
Instead, they rightfully question the motives behind the current acts of cowardice
of Democrats throughout the people’s government, including the recent
acts and statements of one Rep. John Murtha.
I believe that Mr.
Hallett is exactly right here. People do change with time, not always for the
better and not always for the best reasons. It does appear that Rep. Murtha has
either lost his will to win, his will to defend freedom and liberty, whether in
Iraq, or even
here at home, or been overcome by the leadership of his failing Party,
resorting to the same desperate attacks that have become standard DNC operating
was the first war fought on our TV screens, and consequently, the first war to
be heavily politicized back home while our troops were in harm’s way.
Democrats and their minions in the press have worked diligently to turn the war
on terrorism into another Viet Nam
by once again politicizing a war effort in search of an elusive political power.
have to remind Americans back home how to properly behave during a time of war.
They sure shouldn’t have to remind the people who authorized that war.
As sad as it is to see a
good mans past honor tarnished in the political brawl over Iraq, it is even
sadder to think of what it must be like to be in uniform, on the ground in Iraq
or many other parts of the world, fighting an enemy capable of 9/11, feeling
the need to write home just to tell your politicians to shut up and have a
Clearly, the blood of
real Americans is nearing a boiling point and the era of tolerance for
anti-Americanism at home is fast coming to an overdue end… Jack Murtha
will always be a Viet Nam
war hero. Nobody can ever take that away from him.
But his actions today,
like the actions of his fellow Democrats, are anything but heroic. And no
amount of hogwash from DNC headquarters or their many minions in the press can
change that either…