Devil505 wrote:" In regards to the news stories of Congressman Murtha & Haditha, you evidently missed the entire thrust of his anger.
Murtha has spent his whole life either in the military (Marines) or the strongest supporter of our troops that there is in Congress!
His anger was not directed at a few young, scared Marines caught up in a horrible situation for which they were never trained, but at the cynical civilian administration that is misusing them!
( I don't know how old you are or what the extent your life experiences are but I would point out that reality is often more complicated than fantasy it usually pays off to learn as much as you can about a subject before you form such a strong opinion. Just a little friendly advice to a fellow coal burner. )"
The above necessitated the below friendly information for a fellow coal burner in need good info
The Murtha Hypocrisy —
Whitewashing Terrorists, Slandering Marines
Darryl Sharratt is the father of former Marine L/Cpl Justin Sharratt He is also a constituent of John Murtha’s 12th Congressional district. On May 17, 2006, Darryl and his family watched in horror as their own Congressman appeared on national television and called their son, and his Haditha Marine squad mates "cold-blooded" murderers even before an investigation had begun.
In fact, Congressman Murtha not only improperly influenced the prosecution of the Haditha Marines from the start by stating exactly what the not-yet-conducted investigation would conclude, he insisted that anyone who said different, up to and including General Peter Pace, was a liar.
Congressman Murtha was wrong. As each Marine has come to trial, he has been fully exonerated of any criminal activity. The final Marine, Staff Sergeant Wuterich, has seen his own charges reduced to manslaughter as the result of a preliminary hearing. This means that no one in authority still claims that the incident in Haditha was "cold-blooded murder."
No one except Congressman John Murtha.
But Mr. Murtha’s zeal for identifying those who commit "cold-blooded murder" does not extend to individuals intent on the destruction of America. This summer, the Congressman voted against the Hoekstra Amendment to an intelligence funding bill. The Amendment prohibits all US Intelligence Agencies from whitewashing the behavior of the Islamic terrorists in their memos, reports, and in all other correspondence. Without the Hoekstra Amendment, terms such as terrorist, insurgent, Jihadist, and Islamic fundamentalist would have been banned in dealing with known enemies of our country.
Darryl Sharratt was outraged. "Mr. Murtha, when will your hypocrisy end? You have shown no remorse, you have shown no embarrassment for falsely pronouncing United States Marines, cold blooded murderers. On May 17, 2006 you denied these Marines their protections under the United States Constitution. With your ‘for the ban’ vote last week, you tried to give our enemies rights which you denied our Haditha Marines. Marines like my son."
John Murtha once served his country. But today, his words and actions to protect the reputations of the terrorists and destroy those of our own Marines are anything but patriotic. In fact, his false accusations are used by terrorists around the world to inflame anti-American sentiment, and to vindicate their bombings and suicide missions.
But instead of admitting that he was wrong and apologizing to the Marines, their families, and the United States military, the Congressman voted to remove the descriptions of the terrorist actions his accusations are inciting from U.S. intelligence files. And there is significant speculation that he may be using the influence of his Congressional position to delay the trial of the final Marine, Staff Sergeant Wuterich, at least until after the election.
Obviously, Mr. Murtha is as sure of the outcome of that election as he is of the guilt of the Haditha Marines. He shouldn’t be.