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Once again, the current Federal Administration, not having any facts to support its actions, turns to the politics of character assassination:

The Huffington Post has learned the Bush administration recently asked high ranking military leaders to denounce Congressman John Murtha. Congressman Murtha has called for the Bush Administration to withdraw US troops from Iraq.

Congressman Murtha responds:

“Questions about my record are clearly an attempt to distract attention from the real issue, which is that our brave men and women in uniform are dying and being injured every day in the middle of a civil war that can be resolved only by the Iraqis themselves.”

I am not a great fan of Congressman Murtha. By and large, I disagree with most of his positions on most issues. I’m not even sure it is right to characterize what is happening in Iraq as a civil war–certainly it did not start without the help of the U. S. invasion.

Nevertheless, it is clear he has his standards and he is willing to take a stand for what he believes in, even if it may not be a popular position with his district.

He has served the country well, though quietly.

The Bushies, though, know only one tactic: Attack the character of anyone whose point of view opposes theirs.

Mr. Murtha has the courage to fight back. God be with him.


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