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Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

Truthdig salutes Penn. Rep. John Murtha for his sustained leadership in demanding a pullout of U.S. troops out from Iraq. Particularly inspiring was his conduct during Thursday’s congressional debate over the war. A GOP congressman all but called Murtha a coward, and the 38-year Marine veteran thundered back a response that sent the congressman scurrying for cover. In doing so, Murtha again demonstrated the Republican fallacy of equating a call for withdrawal with weakness. It’s a lesson more Democrats could stand to learn.

  • Read Murtha’s words from the day of the debate (Wash Po, AP, N.Y. Times)
  • UPDATE: Murtha steamrolls over Tim Russert (h/t: Huff Po)
  • Watch the video of Murtha on the House floor:


    Partial transcript:

    AMERICAblog:

    Rep. Gohmert: Let me close by saying some have not had nice things to say about our colleague Mr. Murtha, and others wanting to pull out of Iraq quickly. I understand the faithful visitation that he does routinely. So i say thank god for his big heart. I say thank god for his compassion. Thank god for his visits to the wounded. Thank god for his ministering to grieving families. But thank god he was not here and prevailed after the bloodbaths at Normandy and in the Pacific or we would be here speaking Japanese or German. Thank you.
    Rep. Murtha: Was the gentleman at any of those locations? Either at normandy or any of those locations?

    Rep. Gohmert: You want to know which locations?

    Rep. Murtha: Yeah. Normandy?

    Rep. Murtha: I say were you there?

    Rep. Gohmert: No, sir. I wasn’t.

    Rep. Murtha: Were you in Vietnam?

    Rep. Gohmert: No, sir….

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