John Murtha

has died.

12 Responses to “John Murtha”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    pretty crappy way to go:

    The Democratic congressman recently underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to remove his gallbladder. The procedure was “routine minimally invasive surgery,” but doctors “hit his intestines,” a source close to the late congressman told CNN.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’m sorry for his family and I thank him for his service as a Marine, but the guy was a horribly corrupt dispenser of Pork and a lying son of a bitch and I truly wish that his Representative career could have ended with him being voted out of office and not like this.

  3. Gary from Jersey says:

    Semper Fi, John, but it’s too bad you won’t be called to account — on this planet, anyway — for the laundry list of corruption, abuse of trust and lying Congress is allegedly investigating.

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    As a Marine I have a problem with Semper Fi and Murtha ~ because he wasn’t ‘always faithful’. And I don’t mean blindly, doggedly faithful to the Corps ~ I mean blindly, doggedly faithful to justice for his fellow Marines. To let the accusers prove their case, not become the accuser himself.

    He failed miserably at that.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    Boehner set a nice tone:

    House Republican Leader John Boehner said in a statement that “our nation has lost a decorated veteran and the House of Representatives has lost one of its own.”

    “I also want to express my condolences to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who valued Congressman Murtha’s advice and friendship. He will be missed,” Boehner said.

  6. Skyler says:

    I met him when I was in Haditha. Had no idea who he was, he wasn’t in the national eye quite yet. He had a lot of very hot aides with him, they looked extremely out of place in Iraq. We had to put on quite a dog and pony show for him. I threw away the trinket he handed me, didn’t know its significance. Wish I had it now, as a curiosity. It was a very high quality key ring with a velvet bag. I’m sure a lot of tax dollars went into making it.

    A few months later the battalion relieving us killed all those families without any reason and the battalion commander,um, failed to investigate it appropriately. They would have gotten away with it were it not for Murtha.

    Sadly, Col Davis didn’t pick up general because he allowed a battalion commander to snow job him on that massacre.

    But Murtha was the one of the most corrupt politicians ever. He was against the war simply for political power. I don’t like speaking ill of the dead, but he was pretty proud of being so corrupt so I don’t feel a need to pretend he wasn’t. Good riddance.

  7. Skyler says:

    And for all the anti-war crap he spouted, at least he came out where the war was being fought. He’s the only politician I saw or know of that went outside the huge bases. We called Al Asad the “land of cupcakes and ice cream” and if that’s as far as a politician or dignitary went, they really had no idea what was really happening. I disagree with his politics and his bragadocious corruption, but he had balls to go out where things were actually happening. At the time, our battalion was the focus of the enemy’s efforts in Al Anbar.

    For all the aspersions being cast on him for speaking out against the Marines of 3/1 that killed those families, he at least understood what 3/1 seemed to not understand. The Iraqi people were not our enemy, they were an ally in the waiting and killing Iraqis pel mell is not the way to making them active allies.

  8. Jim - PRS says:

    Condolences to his family.

    That is all.

  9. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Like Bingley, I wish he had lived to be voted out of office.

    May he rest in peace, anyway. I didn’t much like him – but – what Skyler says. At least he went there. Not too many actually went outside the ‘green zone.’

  10. gregor says:

    I shall not shed a tear for him, but like others, I feel for his family and loved ones. Yet another shining example of all that is wrong with the world politic, as it is today.

  11. JeffS says:

    My condolences to his family.

    No thirty.

  12. Gary from Jersey says:

    Hey, Skyler. I want to thank you for your service to our country. You’ve richly earned it.

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