Personally, I think that the man became an embarrassment to the nation,and most especially to the United States Marines. I think that I’ll leave the “assessment” of Mr. Murtha tothose of the Marine Corp.
True enough. Even a quick scan of the event seems to keep abscam front and center. I think his lasting testimony may very well be that one is truly the sum of all ones parts. So vet…sure. Everything else too though.
On Monday, longtime Pennsylvania Democrat Congressman John Murtha died after complications arising from gallbladder surgery. He was 77.
The Leftmedia headlined his obituaries “U.S. Representative Murtha, Supporter of Troops, Dies at Age 77″ and “Pa. Dem Murtha remembered as military advocate.” Given his actual history, however, this is the sort of revisionism that was heaped upon the citizens of Oceania in George Orwell’s “1984″: “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.”
While many lauded the head of the House defense appropriations subcommittee as a “staunch supporter of the military,” he’s better known in military circles for his blindly partisan criticism of the Long War and his hasty indictment of eight fellow Marines for supposedly “murdering” innocent civilians “in cold blood” in Haditha, Iraq. (All but one of the defendants have been cleared or had charges dropped; the other is awaiting court-martial.) While Murtha may have had legitimate questions about the tactics used to fight the enemy in Iraq, many took offense at his characterization of our military as cold-blooded killers.
The press conveniently forgets this and other transgressions, such as the ABSCAM scandal of the 1980s, in which Murtha escaped indictment by the skin of his teeth, or, more accurately, by the “D” after his name. The Leftmedia focused instead on his early military life and perceived service to his district by securing dozens of earmarks for projects there.
While we praise Murtha’s personal service to the Marine Corps (or as the commander in chief would say, “Marine Corpse”), which spanned nearly four decades on active duty and as a reservist, we cannot condone his behavior once he went from serving his country on the field of battle to representing his district and nation in the halls of Congress. Too often did he epitomize the “culture of corruption” that his good friend Nancy Pelosi hypocritically opposed.
History is a harsh judge when men of character falter. A life which was devoted to service fell into one which was merely self-serving, and Marines everywhere must be saddened that one of their own met his Maker without recanting those false accusations against eight of his brothers.
Source:Marines at The Patriot Post, please see the blogroll for a link.