Thursday, July 12, 2007

Jack Murtha and the Concept of Apology?

a·pol·o·gy [uh-pol-uh-jee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun, plural -gies.
1.a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook.

Yesterday, the Haditha marines came one step closer to what will be their inevitable vindication. In the process, these Marines were held 23 hours a day in cramped cells. These Marines' families have gone through bloody hell and hardship, not to mention countless sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones, who, largely in part because an otherwise nondescript lard ass with self-serving political aspirations saw that, despite warnings to the contrary, it was to his advantage to endear himself to the whacko-left power structure of the DNC. So the old gasbag went on to run in front of every camera he could find, loudly proclaiming that the incident was a massacre, and a "cover up" from the highest levels:

Curiously, I also called Jack Murtha's office for an official statement yesterday. They replied they could give none, since it wouldn't be proper since the investigation is ongoing. Does anyone remember this tidbit from
Asked about his sources during a midday briefing on Iraq policy in the Capitol, Murtha confidently replied, "All the information I get, it comes from the commanders, it comes from people who know what they are talking about." Although Murtha said that he had not read any investigative reports by the military on the incident, he stressed, "It's much worse than reported in Time magazine."
When I confronted the staffer about this, she had the gall to state that Murtha's statements were "taken out of context."

Some "context."

In short, Jack Murtha totally disregarded the Marines' basic civil right to presumption of innocence, and in the process destroyed their lives. All for the purpose of what can be safely said to be cheap, personal political gain.

Now the question remains: Will Jack Murtha, who has stated over and over again that he steadfastly supports our troops, render an apology to those brave Marines whose lives were completely destroyed, largely due to his efforts?

Somehow, I think not.

For to Jack Murtha, it's never been about the troops. It's never even been about the United States.

To Jack Murtha, it's always been about Jack Murtha.


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Please feel free to take a few moments to look around at this veritable museum of Jack Murtha's largesse and self-centered, self-serving "service" to his PA-12 constituents; and you'll find out why "Murtha Must Go!!"

UPDATE: Justin Sharratt's father Darryl Sharratt says that it's too late for Rep. Murtha to simply apologize:
"It's too late for an apology," Darryl Sharratt of Canonsburg, Pa., told Cybercast News Service after the hearing officer in the case, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, released an 18-page report recommending that all charges against Sharratt's son, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, be dismissed because his actions "were in accord with the rules of engagement and use of force."
Darryl Sharratt hits the nail on the head with this statement:
"We need this man censured by our Congress," he said, because "he denied my son, and the other Marines involved, their constitutional rights to a fair trial and a presumption of innocence."
That's what I told Darryl about a month ago when I was a guest on Kit Jarrell's BTR show with Darryl and Tim Harrington. That's why I'll be calling for his resignation when I appear on The Dirk Thompson show Saturday night. I will be Dirk's guest, as will Tim Harrington, starting at 6:05 CDT. I recommend you listen because Tim is the preeminent authority on the Haditha Marines.

(Updated by Gary Gross)