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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hey Congressman Murtha. Shut. the f***. up

Today, one of our congressmen, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, offered up this juicy tidbit to the press regarding a war crimes probe in Iraq: "There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood".

I'm not upset about the news itself, but more the way it was presented. As much as you don't want to see civilians killed, especially at the hands of loose cannon soldiers, it will occasionally happen in a war. As for this particular issue, no one knows the exact details...only that the goverment has launched a probe and we can only hope that appropriate punishment is doled out to those involved...if it's even deserved. What we *don't* need is our politicians trying to make a name for themselves, acting in an insubordinate fashion and willingly making the country they represent look bad.

Exactly *why* was Murtha even discussing this subject? Per the MSNBC article: "Murtha held the news conference to mark six months since his initial call for "redeployment" of U.S. forces from Iraq." So Murtha, in an act to make himself look good, basically volunteered negative information about our country. Why would any patriotic politician not only offer up this information willingly via a press conference, but intentionally spin it in such a negative fashion with terms like "killed innocent civilians in cold blood"? Exactly which country is Murtha supposed to represent? Is this supposed to help? Making us look like an ass to the rest of the world?

If I had gone on a podium and publically insulted the company I worked for, I'd be out of a job the next morning...if not that evening. If Murtha has a problem, take it up internally. Keep it as low key as possible and try to keep the company line. Don't go in front of the public and bash your country and the troops defending it in front of the enemy. These are the reasons why the terrorists think they can win...they think the U.S. will succumb to infighting. And it's people like Murtha who are enablers...although they think they're helping out, they're simply giving more ammunition to the enemy.



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