These are people who vote for morons like Mike Harris, Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, and bush II. And who remain proud of that fact long after the vast majority of people have decided that such a decision was a stupid, destructive one indeed.
I don't really have the time to say anything profound, positive and new these days. So, like many leftists, I'm spending my time bitching about US "conservatives" and this particular story just sticks in my craw that I can't help myself.
From "Sadly, No!" I find out about this doughy pant-load named Jason Mattera, who has bravely opted-out of the war in Iraq (where, if you've been following the news, the US troops are stretched to the point of exhaustion) to fight the all-important "culture war" for "conservative values" on US college campuses.
In other words, Mattera is a chicken-hawk and an idiot, and a hypocrite, and all manner of disgusting things.
On the "Sadly, No!" entry, it's related how Mattera has responded to the dropping of charges against four of the eight marines implicated in the Haditha massacre, by taking a camera down to the US Senate building to go after US Democratic Congressman John Murtha who had said the following at the time:
"Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood, ... This is going to be a very, very bad thing for the United States."
Murtha is a former marine, who had served in Korea and Vietnam. He's a hawk on defence appropriations, and he retains close ties to the US military. I probably wouldn't like him. But the thing is, he's at least consistent and honest enough and human enough to acknowledge when US personnel have gone bad, why they did so, and to recognize that this is appalling, shameful, and tragic. It's really a no-brainer.
I recall some massacre apologists on the now defunct http://www.tacitus.org/ whining that Murtha's outburst had damaged the marines' chances for a fair trial, which was basically their trying to sweep the whole thing under the rug. ("Can't talk about it because of the trial." "Wait for General Petraeus's report." "There's an ongoing investigation, so I can't comment on it." -- more stalling bullshit.) But that was the most restrained criticism of Murtha on the right. "Shit Skidmark For Brains" (AKA Michelle Malkin) attributed a burning hatred for "the troops," "America," and everything else that the "Gathering of Eagles" human garbage pretends to hold dear.
So, again, now that charges against four of the accused have been dropped (God knows why), our doughy chicken-hawk Mattera waddles down to "confront" Murtha, and, ... well, watch the video:
It's difficult to really know what to say, isn't it? Murtha never accused specific marines. He said that some marines killed civilians in cold blood. Murtha blamed their stress and exhaustion due to their impossible "mission" in this misguided invasion.
As should be well-known, the marines went berserk after a roadside bomb exploded under their humvee, killing their driver. The surviving soldiers went on a rampage:
Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident who said he watched and listened from his home as Marines went from house to house killing members of three families, recalled hearing his neighbor across the street, Younis Salim Khafif, plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members. "I heard Younis speaking to the Americans, saying: 'I am a friend. I am good,' " Fahmi said. "But they killed him, and his wife and daughters."
The marines went into three houses, one after another, and shot everyone inside. Three houses, simply unfortunate enough to have existed near a planted roadside bomb. Three innocent families (and towards the end of it all, four male students and their taxi-driver, who turned a corner, saw the carnage, and attempted to flee only to be fired upon by a barrage of bullets. One house, right after the other. No fire was received from these houses. Each house was found to contain only innocent men, women, and children.
Who does Maretta think killed those Iraqis, now that the charges have been dropped against four of the eight? Did they kill themselves? Did little fairies do it? No, Maretta, you pathetic, pathetic fool, ... US MARINES killed those civilians. Murtha at least can accept this reality.
You, Maretta, are just some smirking, useless, stupid piece of shit.
Check out those comments at the original youtube site for the Maretta/Murtha video:
Murtha is an old fool. Done. Insanity and hate is what drives that mean senile old fart. His hate of Bush incorrectly gives him an excuse for calling our troops murderers. Murtha should be imprisoned for sedition.
fucking coward Murtha! just another DEM traitor!
Murtha is a terrorist loving moron
Murtha's a pussy. Even if the charges were not dropped he shouldn't besmirch our troops. This is war.
Murtha should be shot. He has no right to hold the office he has.
Excellent slam dunk!Jack Murtha should be stood down from congress immediately and should now be tried for treason!
What happens to the "marketplace of ideas" when there's garbage like this in it, screaming louder than all the rest?