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Posted: 3/27/2009 1:48:00 PM EDT
Military.com: Murtha Award Sparks Vet Outrage
In one of his last moves before leaving office March 13, then-Navy Secretary Donald Winter quietly awarded 19-term Democratic congressman John Murtha (Pa.) with the service's highest civilian honor...

...The award generated little publicity when it was given to Murtha in early March, but as news of the honor trickled out, some veterans groups ignited a firestorm of protest...

...The primary reason for their ire stems from the congressman's statements in May, 2006, that a squad of Marines who responded to an IED ambush and short firefight in Haditha, Iraq, rampaged through the village, murdering civilians "in cold blood."

Murtha made those comments in the heat of the 2006 congressional mid-term election campaign, in a move some political analysts saw as an attempt to stoke the anti-war vote for a Democratic takeover of the House. The former Marine and distinguished Vietnam veteran continued his accusations in follow-up media appearances before an official Pentagon and Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation had been completed....

...Murtha has refused to recant his accusations or apologize to the Marines he accused of war crimes. When asked by Military.com in late 2007 whether he regretted his initial statements and owed the exonerated Marines and Sailor an apology, Murtha refused to comment, saying the cases were still being adjudicated...

...But one influential veterans group has reacted strongly against the award, crafting a petition to lobby the Navy to rescind it...

If you're so inclined, please sign the petition:
Don't Honor John Murtha Petition
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 1:49:54 PM EDT
Giving that slug any kind of award other than "batshit crazy bastard of the month" is absolutely perverted.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 1:50:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 1:51:50 PM EDT
you duped yourself by 45 minutes
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 1:51:59 PM EDT
Hey, Lyndon Johnson got a Silver Star for –– nothing, actually, he just wanted one.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:05:14 PM EDT
DOH! I had several tabs open in firefox, after posting I went back and couldn't find it.  I figured I had done something to mess it up and it never got posted.  Welp, guess it did get posted, I just need to get glasses.  Sorry guys.  Moderators feel free to delete one thread, because its a mistaken duplication.
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