I don’t know if this is a Walter Cronkite moment or anything, but conservative Democrat John Murtha has decided that things are going so badly in Iraq that we need to withdraw now. Not on a timetable. Now.
Shakes’ Sister asks:
All I want to know is why a former marine and Vietnam veteran with over 30 years of service as a congressman hates America?
In her sarcasm, she’s right. Check out this guy’s resume:
He learned about military service from the bottom up, beginning as a raw recruit when he left Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the Marines out of a growing sense of obligation to his country during the Korean War. There he earned the American Spirit Honor Medal, awarded to fewer than one in 10,000 recruits. He rose through the ranks to become a drill instructor at Parris Island and was selected for Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. He then was assigned to the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 1959, Captain Murtha took command of the 34th Special Infantry Company, Marine Corps Reserves, in Johnstown. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for Vietnam in 1966-67, receiving the Bronze Star with Combat "V", two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
As promised, the Bush Administration attacked Murtha (a conservative Democrat), equating him to Michael Moore (aka "The Michael Moore Gambit" — see page 4, paragraph 7, of the GOP Attack Playbook)
Murtha was unflinching: