Video: Murtha: Kerry ‘needs to explain’ what he meant

posted at 4:27 pm on November 1, 2006 by Ian

Vietnam War veteran Rep. John Murtha (D – PA) said Senator Kerry “needs to explain” what he meant by remarks made earlier this week. Commenting on the stereotype that troops are poor, Murtha said he has “always been for the draft”.

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Murtha is so far with the moonbats that this isn’t surprising
Hope he loses

Defector01 on November 1, 2006 at 4:28 PM

Explain = Dodge Apology

BirdEye on November 1, 2006 at 4:29 PM

Now this is funny.

Top 1 way to know a liberal has REALLY screwed up when talking about the troops:

Answer: even Mad Murtha tells you to apologize.

Professor Blather on November 1, 2006 at 4:30 PM

why is CNN promoting that myth that only poor people join the military?

lorien1973 on November 1, 2006 at 4:32 PM

er MSNBC. whatever. same thing :P

lorien1973 on November 1, 2006 at 4:33 PM

I have an idea!

Murth and the Democrats should announce a startling November surprise “we’re for the draft” policy.

That will guarantee them their changeover of 40-50 seats!

Christoph on November 1, 2006 at 4:35 PM

Well gawwwlee. Am still prowd two bee a Veeyetnam vetran and Murtha’s still a dumbass, samesame Kerry.

bdfaith on November 1, 2006 at 4:37 PM

Murtha knows damn well what he meant and so does the rest of the country. To act as through there was some cryptic or unexplained meaning is as dishonest and disgusting as Kerry’s original remarks.

rplat on November 1, 2006 at 4:42 PM

When Murtha recommends an apology, stop bailing and start swimming. The swiftboat’s goin’ down….

…a little nautical patter for Senator Sindbad the “War Hero”….

Puritan1648 on November 1, 2006 at 4:42 PM

MURTHA MAKES ME ILL…people who vote for him are the lazy and uneducated…

areseaoh on November 1, 2006 at 4:44 PM

why is CNN promoting that myth that only poor people join the military?

…especially when their posterboy was neither poor nor under-educated when he served. His family had money, no…even before he started “serial monogamy for dollars”. So, his own resume puts the lie to his own statement.


Puritan1648 on November 1, 2006 at 4:44 PM

Actually, it’s Rangle who wants the draft

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

E L Frederick on November 1, 2006 at 4:48 PM

It distracts from the real issue – gay pages.

aengus on November 1, 2006 at 4:49 PM

What he (John Kerry) menat is that if you are not educated, you would station the troops in Okinawa to fight terrorists in the middle-east.
“I am John Murtha and CNN approves of this message”

right2bright on November 1, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Oh poop…Murtha jumps on the bandwagon just as it reaches the destination. I hope it was worth those two cents.

StoutRepublican on November 1, 2006 at 4:51 PM

He just doesn’t want any military types with the right computer database and clearance diggin’ in his crusty ol’ drawers. Believe me, he is covering his own butt with this move. BELIEVE IT.

seejanemom on November 1, 2006 at 4:52 PM

Murtha is deluded about the draft. I served during the transition between the draft Army and the all volunteer Army…..the draft Army had a morale of ZERO. The draft didn’t ‘spread the load’….in fact the draft recruit WAS poorer and had less education. I’ll take volunteers any day over conscripts. I am not saying all the men who were drafted did do their duty so PLEASE don’t make me apologize to JFKerry.

Limerick on November 1, 2006 at 4:54 PM

why is CNN promoting that myth that only poor people join the military?

Becase it is a classis liberal talking point, high emotional value short on facts.

Theworldisnotenough on November 1, 2006 at 4:58 PM

Well, EX Marine murhta, why don’t YOU explain what you meant when you called the Marines murderers and babykillers? What was your source, before they even had a FAIR TRIAL?

Mazztek on November 1, 2006 at 5:01 PM

The draft is the only way with a volunteer army to get lots more people in uniform but thats a disaster

Defector01 on November 1, 2006 at 5:02 PM

Got it. Murtha supports the Draft. I’m sure that College students will be glad to hear that. :o)

DannoJyd on November 1, 2006 at 5:05 PM

What is wrong with this guy? Please name one democrat that supports the troops, the war against terrorism and the need to prevail in Iraq. (No you can’t say Joe Liberman because they had a liberal coup to get rid of him)! Wow, Murtha, Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Rangel and Kerry and their party is predicted to win control of the house! It just shows that you don’t have to have any ideas of your own but just bash Bush and the american people are so stupid they buy the MSM/Democratic talking points. Maybe it’s because all of the intelligent people are in Iraq and what’s left behind are the lazy “D” students (like Kerry!).

SacTownMan on November 1, 2006 at 5:06 PM

Hmmph. “Wars in America are fought by the poor”. I’m not poor. Not exactly rich; but I’m middle class. Two of my three sons were in the Army; the youngest is considering Navy ROTC when he graduates HS.

I was in the USAF; I came from a middle class home.

But “Wars in America are fought by the poor”.


dalewalt on November 1, 2006 at 5:07 PM

Not a big Tucker Carlson fan, but his set-up and question to Murtha about what Rangel and the Democrats say about who joins the army pretty much articulates for me my thoughts on Kerry’s statement.

asc85 on November 1, 2006 at 5:09 PM

…you would station the troops in Okinawa to fight terrorists in the middle-east.

…and it’s the *troops* who’re under-educated.

Somebody want to take it upon himself to send Mr. Murtha a globe?

Puritan1648 on November 1, 2006 at 5:09 PM

Hello Murtha: Kerry said what he meant! Amazing do these people ever listen to anyone other than themselves? Obviously not – dumb question – they’re Dems.

Kat13 on November 1, 2006 at 5:14 PM

…the little weasel (was that the “Tucker Carlson” I’ve heard about, sans bow tie?) coaches Mr. Murtha through all of the Democrats “Congressman Charlie Rangel said… politics-of-grievance” talking points, and he still hmms and haws.

…maybe O’Reilly should ask Juan Williams whether MSNBC is in the tank for the Democrats…or did he?

…so the official Democratic Party position on this issue:

* Mr. Kerry didn’t mean to insult the troops, in spite of the man’s track record where the military is concerned.

* The entire episode should be forgotten…especially in states where they have a good chance of picking up seats.

* That what Mr. Kerry said was *essentially correct*, but was phrased in a way that which leaves him open to misinterpretation.

…funny…he said “get educated or get stuck in Iraq”…and I took it to mean “get educated or get stuck in Iraq”…as in “don’t mess around and lose your college draft deferment”. Somebody wanna tell the junior Senator that he’s 40 years behind the rest of us.

Puritan1648 on November 1, 2006 at 5:17 PM

Only John Murtha could have made this worse for the Democrats just days before the election. Democrats for the Draft in Iraq has a nice ring to it.

Buzzy on November 1, 2006 at 5:23 PM

What timing! It certainly does seems like Murtha rode to the rescue to give Kerry day old and dollar short advice. Maybe he was in Okinawa.

I’m sold on this guy.

Dusty on November 1, 2006 at 5:37 PM

Say what you want about Murtha, but I give him credit for the same reason I give that Joel Stein guy at the LA Times credit:

At least he’s up front about being a total douche.

Enrique on November 1, 2006 at 5:40 PM

Murtha is one to talk. rofl. What an asshat.

zerodamage on November 1, 2006 at 5:40 PM

All that’s left is for Pelosi and Ford to announce they hate children, have thirty drifters each buried in their respective crawl spaces, and believe in purge killings for anyone who can’t make it into a non-state universities.

Just when I think the Dems might have sorted out how to win an election, they talk. God bless the instant media!

SailorDave on November 1, 2006 at 6:00 PM

I keep getting the same vision in my head every time I hear the name John Murtha.

Gregor on November 1, 2006 at 6:00 PM

The draft is the only way with a volunteer army to get lots more people in uniform but thats a disaster

Defector01 on November 1, 2006 at 5:02 PM

Hell yes, it’s a disaster! Can you imagine trying to turn drafted civilians into soldiers, when they’ve wussified Basic Training to the point that Drill SGTs yelling is way down and recruits can question orders?

I kid you not, it’s going on at Ft. Living Room right now. Probably Jackson, too, maybe more, but I haven’t heard one way or another. So much for the soldierization process. So when they get to Iraq and you tell them to freeze because they’re about to step on an IED, they’ll say “Why?” and then it’ll be too late. That’s some good f*ckin’ training there, soldiers. (Sometimes the politically-correct Army can s*ck my h**ry b*lls.) God, I hope they fix that when they get out to their units, but no one will ever convince me that teaching them wrong to begin with is a good idea. Sorry, end of rant.

ReubenJCogburn on November 1, 2006 at 6:15 PM

A draft wouldn’t work anyway. Every liberal drafted would simply refuse to show up and our courts would be bogged down with ACLU lawsuits. Our refusal to hold cowards and traitors accountable has taught them that laws mean nothing.

Gregor on November 1, 2006 at 6:44 PM

Didn’t we hear enlistments were up? Even re-enlistment was on the rise. What’s the point of a draft? With regard to Murtha, perhaps it’s easy to confuse “draft” with “daft”.

thedecider on November 1, 2006 at 6:47 PM

“Kerry ‘needs to explain’ what he meant”

Ahhh Murtha, you dope. What planet have you been living on?

byteshredder on November 1, 2006 at 6:55 PM

Jack Murtha apologizing for John Kerry is like Squeaky Fromm apologizing for Chuck Manson.

HerrMorgenholz on November 1, 2006 at 6:59 PM

You sir…Yes, you Mr. Murtha, are an idiot. You have jumped in bed with Pelosi and neither of you could give a rip about our troops. All you want is the House to go majority Democrat so that you can get the plumb committees Pelosi promised you.

Eat my shorts Murtha, you are not relavent.

Golfer_75093 on November 1, 2006 at 7:00 PM

“Cut and Run Murtha” lecturing John F’ng Kerry on war comments? The man who takes every opportunity to convict our servicemen before formal charges, if any, are filed. This man? I don’t like to speak about the dead, but what’s next, Gerry Studds condemning Mark Foley? JFK lecturing Clinton on marital fidelity? James Webb condemning Larry Flynt? Aside from this obvious hypocrisy, really, is anyone surprised by “I’m smarter than everyone” Kerry insulting and slandering the military? Haven’t we been through this before? Starting with his slanderous testimony before Congress in 71, his fake throwing away of his medals, his “I voted for it before I voted against it” supplemental vote denying the military their funding, our troops are terrorizing women and children, and now this. This isn’t a “clumsy attempt at a joke”, this is a life-long pattern of comtempt and disdain for our military. His continual votes against military equipment throughout his dismal senate career only adds to the picture of his utter lack of respect for our military. As Zell Miller said, John Kerry wants to be the commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, forces armed with what? Spit-balls? This man is a national disgrace, a pompous-ass, elitist snob that can only survive economically by preying on rich widows……….

ritethinker on November 1, 2006 at 7:11 PM

What an opportunity missed: the DNC should have gotten Murtha to do a followup ad for Michael J. Fox–“Jim Talent won’t help old farts like me with Alzheimer’s because he’s a mean, evil Republican and wants me to babble and stumble around the house (or House) all day, so vote for Democrats, because they don’t have any medicine to fix my problem, but they seem to care more and that’s what matters!
By the way, our great black hope Obama had to read this ad, because I’m too far gone to read and speak for myself on TV anymore…*fart*. Are you crying for me yet or what?
Isn’t Okinawa where Pearl Harbor is?”

To hear them tell it, the Dems don’t have a single candidate up for re-election whose campaign is even a toss-up, like this fogey’s.
Yep, they’re all shoo-ins to get re-elected including Murtha and Robert “Sheets” Byrd.
Murtha’s reelection must be in trouble or he wouldn’t be doing this… and he got a hair cut for TV, too.
I may send his GOP opponent Diane Irey another $50!

Jen the Neocon on November 1, 2006 at 7:31 PM

Sorry to be off topic, but I just clicked the sacred cow burgers link under cartoons/satire on the right side of the page and I got a Porn Guide.
Me thinks that needs to be fixed!

conservativecaveman on November 1, 2006 at 7:39 PM

Hey, I think bringin’ back the draft is a GREAT idea! Start drafting anybody who votes dhimmicrat and they’ll run to Canada! The Army doesn’t get femiized by liberal draftee soldiers and we lose millions of dhimmi voters next election, it’s a win-win for us! But, our poor friends in Canada will be stuck with millions of lefties just as they were gettin’ some Conservatives in office up there … oh well, THEIR problem!

Tony737 on November 1, 2006 at 9:40 PM