View Full Version : U.S. Issues Murtha's days numbered? Let's hope so

07-23-2008, 07:00 AM
A jaw-dropping political miracle may be on the horizon. No, I'm not talking about the second coming of the Obamessiah. I'm talking about the long-deserved comeuppance of troop-smearing, pork-feasting, scandal-tainted Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania.

The 18-term congressman's challenger, staunch conservative Republican newcomer William Russell, raised nearly $670,000 in the second fundraising quarter. Earmark king Murtha scraped together a measly $119,000. Russell's underdog campaign bested Murtha without the perks of incumbency, national name recognition, big PAC donations or mainstream media support.

Even more amazing: The 45-year-old Russell, a Desert Storm veteran, former Army lieutenant colonel and Army reservist who survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, was not even publicly campaigning during the quarter. He is on active duty with the Army until after Aug. 1 and is barred from actively campaigning until then.

If all that didn't make this enough of an inspiring David and Goliath story: In February, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Russell had failed to collect enough signatures to make the primary ballot. But Russell refused to give up on his goal of permanently redeploying Murtha from his entrenched seat of power in Washington. The GOP neophyte persevered on a shoestring budget and won more than 4,000 write-in votes in the spring to earn a spot on the general election ballot. According to Russell's campaign manager and veteran GOP activist Peg Luksik, the bulk of contributions from about 16,000 donors in the second quarter were less than $50.

Russell's clear on where he stands. No doubt Barack Obama would label him bitter and clingy. "I am a Conservative," he says in his defining campaign statement. "I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. … I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe."

The excitement and buzz around Russell stand in stark contrast to grass-roots disgust on the right with Beltway Republicans who continue to push the party to the left in a brain-dead attempt to "rebrand" the GOP. He has united pro-troops families, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, Reagan Democrats and Independents fed up with Murtha's culture of corruption dating back to his Abscam days in the 1980s. Murtha was not indicted in the infamous bribery probe, but he was videotaped entertaining a $50,000 bribe from undercover FBI agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally.

"The incredible story about Bill's campaign is that the $15 and $25 contributions are coming in from all over Pennsylvania and every corner of the country," Luksik noted on the Russell Brigade website (www.russellbrigade.com). "This is K-Street versus Main Street. These are patriotic families expressing support for soldiers, sailors and Marines, and people saying they've had enough of the old 'pay-to-play' culture in the Capitol. That's what's fueling this campaign."

Russell decided to enter politics after hearing Murtha's slanderous 2006 accusations that Marines in Haditha "overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." As I reported in June, seven Marines have been cleared or won case dismissals in the Iraq war incident Murtha recklessly adjudicated in the court of public opinion -- with willing mainstream journalists at The New York Times, MSNBC, and in the world press swinging their nooses.

Perhaps that complicity explains the great media wall of silence around Russell's upstart campaign. Republican Bill Russell offers ethical, freedom-enhancing, pro-responsibility, anti-retreat, unapologetically conservative change they don't want to believe in.

-Michelle Malkin

07-23-2008, 09:01 AM
The marines he declared guilty of murder should sue his ass into oblivion. What a f*cking scumbag.

07-23-2008, 11:06 AM
The marines he declared guilty of murder should sue his ass into oblivion. What a f*cking scumbag.

I think Staff Sgt Wutterich is the only one left to be acquitted.

07-23-2008, 11:14 AM
yeah. Murtha's time came and went long ago.

07-23-2008, 11:16 AM
didn't the FBI have murtha on tape in the 80s negotiating a bribe? it's amazing he's still in congress but I guess that william jefferson is too.

Tiger's Fan
07-23-2008, 11:44 AM
He should have been fragged back in "Nam". What a POS.

Taco John
07-23-2008, 11:53 AM
He should have been fragged back in "Nam". What a POS.

That's about the worst thing that I've read in this forum.

07-23-2008, 11:59 AM
That's about the worst thing that I've read in this forum.

about the worst thing i have read anywhere

07-23-2008, 12:03 PM
It's about time. Nightwish will be disappointed.

07-23-2008, 12:06 PM
It's one thing to want Murtha out of Congress and back in the hills of PA where he belongs. But to wish he'd been fragged? Good Lord.

07-23-2008, 12:08 PM
Oh, and go Russell!

07-23-2008, 12:16 PM
I think Staff Sgt Wutterich is the only one left to be acquitted.

Just a little context.


Haditha marine 'watched superior kill surrendering civilians'
Mark Oliver and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Thursday May 10, 2007

A US marine told a court yesterday that he had "pissed" on the head of one of 24 dead Iraqi civilians killed by his unit and watched a superior officer kill five Iraqis as they tried to surrender.

Sergeant Sanick Dela Cruz made the admission at a pre-trial hearing ahead of a series of military trials over the killings and alleged cover-up at Haditha, 120 miles west of Baghdad, in November 2005.

He said he knew urinating on the dead Iraqi was wrong but was enraged after one of his colleagues, Lance Corporal "TJ" Miguel Terrazas, had been torn apart by a roadside bomb.

"I know it was a bad thing what I've done, but I done it because I was angry TJ was dead and I pissed on one Iraqi's head," Sgt Dela Cruz said.

The Haditha killings have prompted the biggest US criminal case involving civilian deaths in the Iraq conflict. A total of seven US marines face charges, including three marines who have been charged with murder.

Sgt Dela Cruz was initially charged with murder but the prosecution dropped all charges against him last month and he agreed to give evidence with immunity.

Yesterday, at a pre-trial hearing ahead of the trial of one of the accused, Sgt Dela Cruz gave evidence at a courtroom in Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, California.

He said he watched how his squad leader, Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, shot five Iraqis who were trying to surrender and then told his men to lie about the killings.

"They were just standing, looking around, had hands up," Sgt Dela Cruz said. "Then I saw one of them drop in the middle. I didn't know what was going on, sir. Looked to my left, saw Staff Sergeant Wuterich shooting."

The Iraqi civilians had been standing by a white car with their hands interlocked behind their heads when they were shot, Sgt Dela Cruz says.

"He [St Sgt Wuterich] told me that if anybody asked, they were running away and the Iraqi army shot them," Sgt Dela Cruz said.

After the five men died, a team of marines led by St Sgt Wuterich allegedly attacked two houses with grenades and gunfire in an effort to find insurgents. The dead included women, children and the elderly.

The marines involved have said their response was a legitimate action because they were under attack.

St Sgt Wuterich is one of the three marines accused of murder. His lawyers contest Sgt Dela Cruz's evidence and claim he has given investigators five different accounts of what happened. Defence lawyers say Sgt Dela Cruz has been forced to give evidence against members of his unit in exchange for his freedom.

Yesterday Sgt Dela Cruz was giving evidence ahead of the trial of Captain Randy Stone, a Marine lawyer. Cpt Stone is accused along with three other officers of dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the deaths.

Capt Stone's civilian attorney, Charles Gittins, contends Capt Stone, 34, did nothing wrong because he thought the killings were a legitimate outcome of combat.

Mr Gittins said Capt Stone reported the incident up the chain of command and said he had been told not to investigate further.

Yesterday's hearing was part of what is known as an Article 32 investigation, the US military's equivalent to a grand jury proceeding.

Major Thomas McCann, the investigating officer, will hear further evidence and recommend whether the charges should go to trial.

Radar Chief
07-23-2008, 12:26 PM
Yet more context.

Heroic Haditha Marine Acquitted
Friday, June 6, 2008 4:01 PMBy: Philip V. Brennan Article Font Size

The long, painful ordeal of Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson came to a sudden end Wednesday when a jury of seven fellow Marine officers found him not guilty of trumped-up charges that should never have been leveled against him in the first place. As Newsmax reported on Sept. 11, 2007, Grayson earned the enmity of prosecutors when he turned down their offer that would spare him from prison if he would agree to testify against fellow 3rd battalion, 1st Marines. "I was asked by the prosecution to fall on my sword for the greater good of the Marine Corps,'' Grayson, 26, recalled. "The prosecution wanted me to distort the truth to fit their end goal.'' Grayson, a battalion intelligence officer, was among four former officers who were charged with dereliction of duty for allegedly failing to investigate the Nov. 19, 2005, engagement that left 15 Iraqi civilians and eight insurgents dead during a bitter, hard-fought battle in Haditha after an enemy ambush killed a member of the unit. In Grayson’s case, he was charged with obstruction of justice, two counts of making false official statements, two counts of trying to fraudulently separate from the service, and one count of attempt to deceive by making false statements. Had he been convicted on all counts, he faced up to 20 years in prison. Four enlisted Marines were first charged with murder, and four officers were charged with allegedly failing to investigate the deaths. As the case wore on, charges were dropped against five of the Marines. With Grayson’s acquittal, only two other defendants, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the battalion commander, still face courts martial. The gist of the prosecution’s case is that the deaths of the 15 civilians and eight insurgents were not the result of an ambush which the prosecutors insisted had not occurred despite all the solid evidence that it had, and that Chessani and Grayson had been derelict in their duty by failing to investigate the incident. During the pretrial questioning of potential jurors, the prosecution tellingly asked the jurors if they had read Newsmax or stories by veteran reporters Phil Brennan and Nat Helms. All denied they had, but any who had admitted they had would undoubtedly have been excused from the panel. Jurors would have learned that it was a Time magazine story, based entirely on accounts and videos fed to them by known insurgent propaganda agents, that provoked the secretary of the Navy to launch one of the most exhaustive, expensive and fatally flawed investigations in the history of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). As Newsmax reported, the charges of failing to investigate the events of that day were provably false. The entire day's action was not only carefully monitored by battalion intelligence operatives and other officers all the way up the chain of command, but fully reported in excruciating detail in a PowerPoint report sent to higher levels of command that very night. There was never any doubt about what transpired that day, and it was obvious that there was no need for further investigation. With the facts on their side, Chessani and Wuterich unveiled the deception created by a fumbled NCIS investigation and a prosecution determined to prove the unprovable no matter how damaging it was to the heroic combat Marines and the morale of Marines fighting in Iraq and Afghantistan. Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center which is defending Chessani stated it best: “The government ordered these Marines to the front lines. They ordered them to attack the insurgents . . . Marines, risking their lives, followed those orders without hesitation. Their reward? Criminal prosecution. There must be some righteous person in the chain of command that will say ‘enough is enough.’” © 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


07-23-2008, 12:38 PM
The Haditha Marines were part of a political witch hunt. Heard that more than $30,000,000 were spent (taxpayer monies) to nail them, and in the end acquittal is what they got.

07-23-2008, 12:51 PM
The Haditha Marines were part of a political witch hunt. Heard that more than $30,000,000 were spent (taxpayer monies) to nail them, and in the end acquittal is what they got.

The primary target is still pending trial.

07-23-2008, 12:54 PM

My congressman who's an R sends us brochures on all the pork he brought to town! That label applies to both Ds and Rs.

07-23-2008, 01:30 PM
Yet another awful story posted by SHTSPRAYER.

07-23-2008, 01:36 PM
Yet another awful story posted by SHTSPRAYER.

A senate seat isn't important but this is


07-23-2008, 01:37 PM
It's about time. Nightwish will be disappointed.

Did you explicitly say Nightwish?