Thursday, May 18


I had the distinct displeasure of listening to Darrell Ankarlo on the radio driving to work this morning calling Congressman John Murtha the "pukemeister" for remarks he made yesterday about the killing of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, by U.S. Marines.

"Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood," said Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and is among the most influential Democratic voices on military matters. "This is going to be a very, very bad thing for the United States."
Last month, the Marine Corps relieved of command three officers who oversaw the military unit responsible for the Iraqi deaths at Haditha -- Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.

Ankarlo played a clip of Murtha over and over, shouting that it was "the voice of Satan, a demon." U.S. Marines don't DO THAT, you see (that's what they said about Calley and Medina. And Darrell is an expert on everything about Iraq and Marines because his Marine son Adam served in country. Adam appears to be a fine young man, but his dad has used his service to assert an expertise about all things military and a license to demonize all critics of the war and its execution. This morning he disparaged Murtha's own service in the Corps ("Well, I guess he at least got through boot camp"), neglecting to mention that Murtha VOLUNTEERED for duty in Vietnam, for which he received the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for valor, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He also received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. He's a favorite among career generals for his unstinting support for the military throughout his career in Congress.

Darrell Ankarlo, on the other hand, is a radio talk show host.

Murtha, Ankarlo, Murtha, Ankarlo -- hmm. I think the scale weighs in Murtha's favor.


Blogger Budd said...

I don't think any right minded soldier would knowingly kill innocent women and children.

Maybe we should spit in the soldiers faces when they get home to find out.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

If you read Rep. Murtha's full remarks, while not making excuses for those involved, he does note (with his characteristic care for our fighting men and women) the environment within which we have placed them -- a murky, hard-to-identify enemy, incredible stress caused by multiple tours of duty and the very nature of insurgent wars, confusing missions, inadequate training and guidelines, etc.

You're right that any soldier who knowingly kills innocent women and children can hardly be called "right-minded." But I think you're being sarcastic about spitting in soldiers' faces, at least I hope you are. Calling out those who violate good military behavior is not equivalent to dissing the entire soldier corps anymore than prosecuting bad cops means that one is anti-cop, period.

6:19 PM  
Blogger chancuff said...

As most who attended the rally know, I was there. After the dust had cleared created by some moonbat among the bootmurtha crowd who called in a fake police report that a fight had broken out, Larry Bailey came out to speak with me.

I complimented him from the bottom of my heart for the contributions he has made to our country's national security while he was serving active duty in the US Navy.

He made it clear my request to speak would not happen. He then proceeded to suggest he has no memory of the email he wrote me on 8/20/2006 2:59:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time stating that our current Commander in Chief made stupid mistakes in Iraq.

Larry then proceeded to illustrate stupid mistakes made in passed wars. After he mentioned 3 or 4 examples I interjected that there is a difference between those wars and this one.

In the past it took weeks, months, sometimes years for mistakes to be discovered and reported. Today is the information age where mistakes are reported within hours of their occurrence. I reminded him this war was still going on. I also reminded him of the glaring mistakes he had acknowledged President Bush had made in Iraq, and our respective use of the Internet to support our respective views and that is where our conversation ended.

I waited outside the Arena with a Johnstown police officer who had stayed behind after the bootmurtha hysterics caused 3 squad cars and a sergeant to arrive with sirens blaring. I was debating Steeler football with him when a motorcycle officer stopped by, who had been inside. When I asked how many were inside he said, "not many at all" When I asked "500?", he responded, "na ... well maybe 500, at most."

At the end of the event when Larry Bailey came out for a photo op next to the sign on the sidewalk outside the War Memorial Arena. I handed Larry the speech I had waited to deliver. He put it in his outside left coat pocket.

This is my speech Larry Bailey has in his coat pocket ... the words he was not man enough to let me say:

"Please join me in Prayer.

Heavily father we pray today for you to continue to protect the men and women of the armed forces of the United States and other countries who are in harms way in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries throughout the world. We thank them and their families for their sacrifices.

We pray for the souls of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all wars. We pray for strength and courage for the POWs and MIAs and those held hostage.

We pray for protection and safety of relief workers helping those in need.

We pray for the protection of children and innocent civilians. Lord we especially pray for our nation and our leaders."

Below you will find the press release that went out on October 29th of this year.

CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
September 29, 2006 (202) 247-1418

"American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief," charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

"Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards," continued Hancuff.

"I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote."

"My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha's political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln."

"Larry Bailey of is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief's incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world," added Hancuff.

This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

"These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq."

"I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006," said Hancuff adding, "Americans, American soldiers, and their families deserve better."

"Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now."

On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey's Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

There is a video online at:

YouTube - Rovian Architecture Unplugged

The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too
(202) 247-1418


9:41 PM  
Anonymous timberwolf said...

This is the same man "Murtha" that adds earmarks to feather the nest of campaign contributers, was an unindicted person of interest during abacam and here we are patting him on the back. I to applaud his service but like Duke Cunningham his service as a congressmen is shameful. This man is a political hack and needs to go. Our country deserves better than Murtha and about 75% of the other congressmen.

4:21 PM  

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