If you live long enough, you get to see everything:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy says it is forging ahead with its decision to name a warship for the late Rep. John Murtha, despite protests the decorated Vietnam War veteran was disloyal in his 2006 accusation that Marines had murdered Iraqi civilians.
Three Facebook sites opposing the Navy’s April 2010 decision bristle with thousands of angry postings. The Navy website with the announcement drew critical comments. The Washington Times voiced its outrage in an editorial entitled “Sink the Murtha.”
But the Navy says it is standing firm.
First there was ABSCAM and the dubious “King of Pork” distinction, but the man lost what was left of his credibility with this 2006 exchange with Tingles (in his pre-Tingle days) about the Haditha Marines who were on trial at the time:
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Let me ask you Mr. Murtha to give us some details about that. Draw us a picture of what happened at Haditha.
REP. JOHN â€œJACKâ€ MURTHA: Well, Iâ€™ll tell you exactly what happened. One Marine was killed and the Marines just said weâ€™re going to take care â€“ we donâ€™t know who the enemy is, the pressure was too much on them, so they went into houses and they actually killed civilians. And, and â€“
MATTHEWS:â€”was this My Lai? Was this a case of â€“ when you say cold blood Congressman, a lot of people think youâ€™re basically saying you got some civilians sitting in a room around a field and theyâ€™re executed.
MURTHA: Thatâ€™s exactly it.
The Haditha Marines were exonerated and Murtha never apologized. Sure, let’s name a ship after him.
They’re calling it the “USS John P. Murtha” because “USS Accusing Marines of Cold Blooded Murder Before the Facts Were Known” seemed a bit too long.