Here is a shout out to my brothers and sisters who have served or do serve in the Navy.
It appears the Department of the Navy in their infinite wisdom have decided to name a ship, LPD 26, after the late and not so great Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, John Murtha. The ship is reported to be a 10th San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport vessel, which holds a crew of 360 and can carry 700 fully equipped Marines.
As many might guess the Democrats are super duper excited, while those of us with some long term memory and something called common sense are set aback by this decision. Actually let me rephrase this you see Democrats remember his service as a Marine during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. But somehow forget the shady dealings he has done in the past. And although the Dems do not remember we won't forget his opposition to the Iraq War and his false accusations about Marines in Iraq.
"Whether on the battlefield, or on the bedside, he thanked them for their courage, listened to their concerns, and asked them for comment — and he answered their needs, and responded to their calls, whether it was for body armor, up-armored vehicles… radios, you name it," Pelosi said. "In those minutes [together], he bonded with them especially because he would share his own personal military service with them, and cared for them as a father. They knew it, and they returned his respect."
Sure Nancy, he really cared when he spoke of how Marines where murderers even before they went to court. Listen to what "our dear Jack" had to say.
How did that go for "Jack" anyways?
Finally the Department of the Navy or better yet Ray Mabus needs to consider if someone so willing to throw our troops under the bus for political capital truly deserve to have a ship named after him?
At some point someone should recognize not only the alleged good he has done but the bad and take all of it consideration.
Our men and women serving in the Navy deserve better than this and naming LPD 26 after Murtha. In my opinion and the opinion of many others this is a disservice to all who serve in the Navy and those who will be chosen to serve on the ship.