17 May 2006
Rep John Murtha, a perpetually elected member of the US House of Representatives, accused US Marines of acting in cold blood during action in Haditha on November 19. Murtha is a former Marine who has been a very harsh critic of the war and a democratic gadfly.
His actions repeated in the press are, in my view, treasonous. They are treasonous in that they speak to a conclusion not yet reached by official inquiry. They are treasonous in the timbre of his rhetoric which does so much to give aid and comfort to the enemy. They are treasonous in that they come from a position in which Rep. Murtha is long removed from his time in service and his knowledge of current TTP is woefully antiquated.
Shame. If this politician continues to be elected, then the republican majority remains safe.
The event in Haditha reads like a horror novel. A convoy of Marines comes under fire and attack. They respond and at least 15 civilians are killed in the assault. Haditha is within the Sunni Triangle, the most treacherous area of Iraq and the fact that raid execution has been conducted with minimal impact to noncombatants is a tribute to the training of the soldiers. At this point NCIS is involved, I will reserve any judgement until their report is issued.
Until then, Mr. Murtha, sit down.