More on Murtha

Posted: February 15, 2010 by April Watkins in Military, U.S. Army, U.S. House of Representatives

An interesting counterpoint was sent to me by a liberal friend who took issue with my dislike for Murtha. He made the case that John Murtha had been a devoted supporter of the military in his earlier years in Congress. Indeed, Murtha had been a supporter of our military in earlier days and I addressed that fact. Additionally, the DOD released a statement from the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, “The Army – the entire military – has lost one of its most steadfast advocates in Congressman Murtha. His legacy of devotion to the defense of our nation lives on in those he inspired and in those for whom he dedicated his life.” But honestly, what were they supposed to say?

I am aware of Murtha’s former support for our military and I am thankful for those efforts. However, one cannot help but examine the actions of any man – not one action, but several actions – and determine that, in some cases, the consequenses of those actions overshadow any previous good he had done. In regard to John Murtha, that seems to be the case.

An extreme example of my point: One could not argue that Jeffery Dahmer was an extremely cordial person who seemed to love children in light of the horrific acts he performed later in life. It is in this context that my comments regarding Rep. John Murtha are conveyed.

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