Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Couple of John/s

Sometimes I wonder how someone who served in the military can be so hateful toward our troops. I see this in John Kerry (a Senator from Massachusetts) and, for sure, I see it in John Murtha (a House Rep from Pennsylvania).

Both these Democrats are hoisted up by their anti-war and anti-military left-wing politicians as a some way of saying that "we have our military veterans" too; and, they hate war. Both are decorated "heroes" (Kerry?) from the Vietnam war. But, unlike their counterparts on the right, it is as if they aren't proud to have served. Both Kerry and Murtha have taken steps to discredit our military personnel by claiming that kill and rape; almost like it was "fun" on their part. Mr. Kerry did so before Congress and, John Murtha recently publicly convicted seven soldiers, before any trial, as killers in this statement:
"It's much worse than reported in Time magazine. There was no fire fight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood. And that's what the report is going to tell. Now, you can imagine the impact this is going to have on those troops for the rest of their lives and for the United States in our war and our effort in trying to win the hearts and mind"
As a veteran who volunteered in 1968 and received an honorable discharged in 1974, I don't understand these people. Most of the people I served with were good people who were proud of their country. Most just wanted to survive. They didn't get up every morning thinking about raping and killing women and children (contrary to the beliefs of the two Johnny's). Most were compassionate people who cared-about and cared-for the women and children they came in contact with. For me, personally, my military experience taught me perseverance and discipline that I found invaluable to my life later on; especially in business. More importantly, I respected the people I served with. Sure, there were some "goof offs" (as in the case of all walks of life) but the majority wear very good people. Not the people that John Kerry and John Murtha would have you believe.

Yesterday, another soldier was exonerated of all charges in association with the so-called "murders" of Iraqi civilians at Haditha, Iraq. This exonerates the sixth of eight Marines that were charged and, then, convicted in public by the so-called veteran and friend of the military, Mr. John Murtha. My guess is that at least one of the two remaining Marines will also be cleared of all charges. But, do you think John Murtha would apologize for his "broad-brush" statements that shamed all of our military? Not hardly! It doesn't fit his and the Democrats ideological agenda that all Americans are bad; expecially those in uniform.

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