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Murtha and “Five Deferments”

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Congressman Murtha is entitled to any opinion he wants to hold, including bone-headed ones about immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

But the Congressman allowed his zeal for retreat to get the better of his common sense when, inresponse to a reporter’s question on the president’s and the vice president’s speeches about the crazy charges being hurled by rewrite specialists, Murtha said:

“I like guys who have never been there to criticize us who have been there. I like that. I like guys that have got five deferments and never been there ands end people to war and then don’t like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done.”

That’s fever swamp stuff, the old “chickenhawk” charge that would be equally applicable to hundreds of Democrats in Congress as well as great war time leaders like FDR. It discredits the Congressman, not his targets.

Murtha’s 30+ years in the Marines make him a great American. But he’s a lousy Congressman today and a cheap shot artist to boot.


From an “active duty officer with significant combat experience”:

As to the Congressman’s remarks regarding our Vice President, that is a direct assault on the Constitution of the US which clearly gives the civilians control over the military. You will not meet ONE officer in our Armed Forces who does not believe in this as an article of faith. We have sworn our very lives to its protection. I find it interesting that Cong. Murtha would attack that precept of our governing document. One caller mentioned FDR. What about President Clinton? Was he unqualified to conduct the war in Bosnia due to his contempt for our Armed Forces? NO. He was the president and that makes him the commander in chief, PERIOD. Murtha should be pilloried relentlessly for his seditious remarks and he should never be taken seriously again.

And this:

Congressman Murtha,

PO Box 780
Johnstown, PA 15907-0780

As a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and the father of two sons, one a 6 year Army Veteran and the other a 13 year active duty soldier preparing for his 3rd tour in Iraq, I want you to know that I, and they, feel you have abandoned them today. We have great respect for your honorable service but your past service makes it even worse a betrayal of those who fight today!

My oldest son said it best after 9/11 when I told him ‘well the American people are behind you now’


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