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November 20, 2005
Maybe Clothes Do Make the Man

Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) made rather a big splash this past week by very publicly "changing" his mind about the course of the war in Iraq — changing it to the same position he's held since last year, if not earlier. We already know this, of course, from a number of reports.

Murtha served honorably in the Marines, initially on active duty, and retiring from the Reserves in 1990, and is often described as a hawkish Democrat.

From the congressman's biography, I note that he has been in the House since 1974. Hmmm.

Murtha had a total of 37 years in the Marines, active and reserve. He had some number of years on active duty — his bio doesn't make it clear, but let's call it 12 years. I have no doubt that his years in uniform were spent completely honorably, and we know he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor during his tour in Vietnam. His service to the country cannot and should not be denigrated.

On the other hand, he has been a full-time Democrat congressman for more than 30 years.

Murtha has spent perhaps twice as much time in a suit as in a uniform. Which wardrobe, do you then suppose, has had more influence on his public pronouncements about the war?

Posted by Russ at 04:54 PM, November 20, 2005 in Nat'l Security & Politics & Soldiers/Vets

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Very well put.

He has become part of the problem. He probably complained in Vietnam that Congress should stay the hell out of the war.

Congress should do the same now.

I watched the whole thing and you could see the losers of our world on the Democratic side and the sharp, well informed on the Republican side.

It is a shame what y'all have to put up with...

BUT keep up the great work and remember, Iraq is just like California except for the ocean and mild climate. :-)

Hoora, soldier!

Posted by: Charles at November 20, 2005 08:03 PM

He was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM Scandal.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at November 20, 2005 08:24 PM