I have no desire to be a somewhat swift veteran against John Murtha, but he continues to push it. He showed up yesterday on Meet the Depressed where he spouted the same old anti-Iraq war poll percentages that he's been parroting for months now.
He was there for only one reason... two really, but each had the same goal. The dems wanted him on to try to blunt two weeks of success and numbers boost for POTUS, and NBC and Tim Russert booked him because he's a bombastic crank who will say anything against George Bush. I call it the Al Sharpton Effect.
Anyway, as always he seemed to be fixated on Karl Rove's comments on the war and that Karl apparently sits on a "fat backside" in "an air conditioned office in Washington, D.C."
Okay, let that sink in. Now... you're welcome to offer your own favorite and painfully obvious retort... Russert had absolutely none... figgers.
Most people's "hearts go out" (another very apt phrase) to our troops who have been captured in any war... let alone this one in which our enemy's aims are murder, ethnic cleansing and horror, not political advantage or an eventual cessation of hostilities. They have no mercy because to have mercy you must first have a soul.
Our two young soldiers captured (not kidnapped damnit) Friday, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., were part of a three-man team which was overrun when their checkpoint in the Sunni Triangle south of Baghdad. Their comrade, Spc. David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., was killed.
This time I'll not wait for more details. Corrective action within 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, should be immediate. There is no reason for these men to have been in a position to be easily and quickly overrun, killed and captured without a quick reaction force near enough to prevent their being taken prisoner.
It is near impossible for me to remain hopeful for these two fine soldiers, given the brutal realities of this war, but I hope they can be comforted by the knowledge that know that ten of thousands of hopes and prayers are expressed every moment from near and far.
Should Menchaca's and Tucker's lives be taken, we must exact immediate retribution in a ratio more than substantial enough to make the next animal surveiling a group of our troops not just think twice, but to slink away and go back under the rock from whence he came.