Murtha Be Not Proud

Back in February, 2010, I stated that with Congressman John Murtha’s death, the mission of my Murtha Must Go! blog had ended.

Well, what I saw today just about made me gag:

JOHNSTOWN -—

A life-size likeness of the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha will be unveiled Monday morning at the Veteran’s Park in Johnstown.

In a press conference at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center on Tuesday, the congressman’s wife, Joyce Murtha, said a public dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Retired U.S. Gen. James Jones, former commander of all NATO forces, will give the keynote speech.

“(My husband) had a lot of admiration for Gen. Jones and spoke of him quite often,” Joyce Murtha said. “I’m delighted he’s taking the time to come in and be with us.”

More than $180,000 in private donations have already been raised to bring a statue of Murtha to the Veteran’s Park, with 65 percent of contributions coming from individuals who gave $100 or less. According to Joyce Murtha, fundraising efforts will continue.

“We are still accepting contributions because we need a maintenance fund for the years ahead,” she said.

“We don’t want to see the statue fall into disrepair,” she added.

The part of the article that made me gag the most was thus:

Wayne Hyde of Manns Choice was selected as sculptor for the statue, which is in place at the park but covered by a canvass. He said he was honored to help with the project.

“I hope the statue will stand there to always remind people of a good public servant,” he said.

And with that quote, dear readers, I stand here… speechless.

I invite anyone to peruse the contents of this blog, which for a span of nearly four years served to chronicle the misdeeds and malfeasance that pock-marked the long, ingnominious tenure of Jihad Jack Murtha. The same Jack Murtha who from his early days as a congressman was a shining example of a self-serving, corrupt politician in the tradition of Huey Long. Murtha, remember, was proclaimed an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Abscam scandal in the early 80s. Like a pharaoh with a god complex, he erected countless monuments to himself in PA-12, including a barely utilized, multi-, multi-million dollar airport complete with state of the art equipment that no one knew how to run. Murtha was also known as the “King of Pork” and was no stranger to seedy earmarks to political cronies who, in turn, would keep his campaign war chest well stocked.

If John Murtha’s only crimes were reckless malfeasance with taxpayer monies, despite the fact he was unmatched in that dubious category, it would be one thing.

But John Murtha, though an ex-Marine, was a ruthless man who would let nothing stand in the way of his political ambitions, nor would he leave any perceived stepping stone un-stepped on to meet his nefarious ends, no matter whose lives he ruined in the process.

Enter the Haditha Marines.

Though a corpulent man, Mr. Murtha was quick to make a bee line to any microphone he could to condemn what he said was a massacre against innocent civilians in the town of Haditha in Iraq. According to Murtha, the Marines in Haditha just ‘lost it’ and went on to massacre innocent civilians in ‘cold blood’, supposedly without a firefight, supposedly without any kind of resistance at all. Without a shred of evidence to back up a single assertion in his story, Jihad Jack Murtha doubled down on his traitorous tirade, going on every news show he could to spread his lies.

Murtha, of course, bet his political future on this story. Up until that point (though history would prove the contrary) Jack Murtha was considered a “hawkish” democrat, and was persona non grata to the leftist power structure of the democrat party. He had to find a way to endear himself to the far left and to then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in particular. He had his sights set as being the House Majority Leader, and betted (correctly) that if he could turn public sentiment against the Iraqi war, the democrats would win Congress in 2006, and Murtha surmised (wrongly) that he would then collect his ultimate ‘chit’ for getting the ball rolling–his much-coveted leadership seat of the Majority party in the United States Congress.

In the process, Jack Murtha was more than ready to absolutely ruin the lives of innocent Marines whose only crime was to follow the rules of engagement. One of the parents of the wrongfully accused Marines, Darryl Sharratt, writes on this very blog of the hell that his son and his entire family went through in the ordeal.

Time passed. “Jihad Jack” Murtha, in first coming out against the war in 2005, and then doubling down with his false accusations against the Haditha marines in May of 2006, allowed the democrats to come out from under their collective rocks to turn the tide of public opinion against the war in Iraq. The democrats handily took over congress in the November, 2006 elections, and Jack Murtha was ready to call in his ‘chits’ and assume his ‘rightful’ place as House Majority Leader.

And that’s where Murtha’s fortunes changed.

Despite calling in his markers and getting support from the then-newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Murtha went so far as to ensure that one of his earmarks was specifically targeted toward one of Nancy Pelosi’s nephews), the far left wing rank and file of the United States congress threw out Jack Murtha like last week’s garbage. Once thought to be the darling of the left after selling out the Haditha Marines, Murtha had outlived his usefulness after the democrat congressional victories of 2006. His bid for the leadership for the Democrats in the U.S. House was summarily ignored, and instead Steny Hoyer was elected to the post, and Murtha was once again relegated to the smoke-filled rooms, making back room deals and continuing his legacy of corruption.

As time went on, of course, all of the Haditha Marines (save for one, to save face) were acquitted/exonerated of all charges with respect to he incident. Turns out there was an IED. Turns out that there was a firefight. Turns out that the Haditha Marines were, in fact, correctly following the rules of engagement.

As the real facts of the Haditha case began coming out, numerous calls for Murtha to apologize for his remarks were coming to the fore. Murtha continued to use the tired excuse that he was unable to comment since the investigation was ‘ongoing.’ Haditha Marines, one by one (including Darryl Sharratt’s son, Justin) were being acquitted of charges, followed by more calls on Murtha to recant his story and to apologize to the Haditha Marines.

Each call to do so fell on deaf ears.

Murtha never apologized.

Murtha’s patently false accusations against the Haditha Marines led to incredible pressure to create a show trial, and to deny the assumption of innocence, both in the military courts as well as in the courts of public opinion. The Haditha Marines were treated as base criminals, held in small cells, and were denied the basic creature comforts that were otherwise showered on Guantanamo Bay detainees. These valiant heroes literally went through hell, their shackled backs ridden on by a corrupt politician who was hellbent on a sardonic, sadistic quest to utilize their situation as a twisted, albeit unsuccessful means of catapulting him to a coveted political future.

And Murtha, so full of himself as he was, couldn’t bring himself to apologize.

Murtha took his misdeeds with him to his grave. Only he and the Lord will know if he died with a contrite heart. But the Haditha Marines and their families, scarred as they were from their experiences, will never know the satisfaction of an apology.

So forgive me if I don’t share in the sentiments of Joyce Murtha and the others who will be dedicating a life size statue to a man who was supposedly a “model public servant.”

Murtha already has untold monuments in Johnstown and other parts of PA-12 dedicated to his profligate largesse.

Murtha doesn’t need a statue to honor his memory.

On the other hand, a Dorian Gray picture, perhaps.

15 thoughts on “Murtha Be Not Proud

  1. Green Mountain Boy October 6, 2011 / 11:03 pm

    Leo, I could not agree more with you. John Murtha was a despicable human being. But are sure this is the right time to bring this up and are you sure this is a hill you want to die on?

    Sure he is dead and the taxpayers are still footing his bills but shouldn’t we comprimise on this? Can’t we just cut funding for all his memorials by say, 5% and call it a win? Think of what ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, et al will say about us if we don’t fork over the money.

    For a man who dishonored his own. Semper Fidelis? Not when power and politics are involved.

  2. Leo Pusateri October 6, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    Murtha broke the Haditha kerfuffle in the middle of my son’s deployment to the Anbar province in Iraq. He was giving aid and comfort to the enemy, in the middle of the time when my son and his compatriots were trying to build positive relationships with the locals.

    No, GMB– this is personal for me. There is nobody who’s going to whitewash the career of John Murtha without being challenged. Not now. Not ever.

    • Green Mountain Boy October 6, 2011 / 11:54 pm

      Leo, Are you not being a little rigid here? The man is dead and faced his Makers decision. Don’t you think going after a dead man is a little radical?

      Can’t you just go along to get along? Compared to other issues, what this is costing the taxpayers is comparativly little. Don’t you think you should save yourself for the next battle? You republicans only control one half of one third of the government. Shouldn’t you wait unti you control everything?

    • neocon1 October 7, 2011 / 8:21 am

      Leo

      As a former Marine and Viet Nam vet this to is personal to me.
      this cretin fat sob SLOB is also another FAKE Purple Heart recipient.

      Then the FAKE, FRAUD POS has the nerve to come home run for office based on his military “record” then proceed to call our Marines killers and murderers.

      Hell is too good of a place for him, kennedydrunk, and JFn kerry.

  3. Leo Pusateri October 7, 2011 / 12:24 am

    I’m not “going after a dead man.” I’m going after the truth. Haven’t you liberals done enough revision of history? Can you not stand the light of truth when it shines on one of your own cockroaches?

    • Green Mountain Boy October 7, 2011 / 12:42 am

      Leo, first of all, You made me laugh but not for the reasons you might think. This is the first time anyone ever has called me a liberal and meant it.

      Second, I will apologize. Everything I wrote, are standard republican excuses on why they can’t do anything. Why they won’t ever do anything.

      I should have realized that you do not read the comments that much. I will not do it again without placing the /sarc on tag first.

      Again, my apologies.

      • Leo Pusateri October 7, 2011 / 1:16 am

        No worries– I’m usually pretty good at reading sarcasm, and I kinda thought you were pulling my chain, but from a different angle.

        My apologies to you– Murtha has been and continues to be a sore spot with me.

    • neocon1 October 7, 2011 / 8:25 am

      GMB

      a liberal??
      soooo you have been faking the O all the time??

      /sarcasm LOL

  4. js October 7, 2011 / 8:21 am

    wow…deja vu…i just hit on an article about a reid statue…

    the ego’s liberals have is astonishingly ignorant…just like the rest of the issues they ply…

    • neocon1 October 7, 2011 / 8:28 am

      I would feed the pigeons every day at the foot of the statue and let the birds give the men a fitting covering.

      • Green Mountain Boy October 7, 2011 / 9:44 am

        What we need here are some vultures, carrion eaters, bottom feeders. Something that would eat one of thier own dead. Would murtha to a t.

      • neocon1 October 7, 2011 / 3:49 pm

        GMB

        any donk/commie

  5. Bill Smith October 9, 2011 / 12:07 am

    Tribute to a looser – Mutha. Hate to speak ill of the dead, but Murtha ripped off and caused so much of the people’s money to be wasted, that we have to wonder if the base of the statue has on it the KING OF PORK.

  6. ForEverRIght October 10, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    This statue in a veterans park is an insult to the veterans!

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