R.I.P. Representative John Murtha
A spokesman says Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a retired Marine Corps officer who became an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 77.
He had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery.
In 1974, Murtha became the first combat veteran of the Vietnam War elected to Congress. He wielded considerable clout for two decades as a leader of the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending. But frustration over the Iraq war led him to call for an immediate pullout of U.S. troops in 2005.
Murtha's congressional career was clouded by questions about his ethics — from the Abscam corruption probe in 1980 to more recent investigations into the special-interest spending known as earmarks and the raising of cash for election campaigns.
As I stated above, there is no love loss when it comes to Murtha. We didn't like him at all. In fact, we despised the man. It wasn't just his spending of money that wasn't his, but a lot of our disdain came fromt he fact he smeared his fellow Marines in the Haditha incident, despite the fact that every Marine involved had been found not guilty of the charges they were facing. This is a man that, if I had been a Marine, I would've spit on him for the dishonor he showed the Marine Corps in attacking his fellow brothers. As far as we're concerned this nation is better that he's gone.
That said, our condolences go out to his family for their loss. To them, he was probably a very good man that put his family before his own ambitions. They have a lot to deal with right now, and despite the public record of John Murtha, the family still deserves respect in their time of mourning, and they need our prayers.