John Murtha: Requiem for a Corruptocrat

We are not supposed to speak ill of the dead. But those whom the deceased viciously smeared and humiliated deserve to be defended. Entrenched Democratic Rep. John Murtha passed away on Feb. 8 after a botched gallbladder surgery. He has been hailed as a “military advocate” (Associated Press) and “one of the greatest patriots ever to serve in Congress” (former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr.). These obsequious obituaries leave out inconvenient truths:

John “Jack” Murtha was an unrepentant smear merchant and corruptocrat to the bitter end.

In May 2006, during an MSNBC TV show appearance that Marines and their families will never forget or forgive, Murtha accused U.S. troops of wantonly killing some two dozen civilians, including children, in the terrorist stronghold of Haditha, Iraq. Bellowed Murtha: “Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” Murtha publicly indicted the Marines before military investigations had been completed. His remarks opened military-bashing floodgates around the world.

In the wake of Murtha’s reckless blabbing, MSNBC executioner Keith Olbermann accused the Haditha Marines of “willful targeted brutality.” The Nation magazine claimed that “members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment perpetrated a massacre.” The New York Times dubbed Haditha the “defining atrocity” of the Iraq war. International papers piled on with Vietnam-era “My Lai” allusions. Murtha cold-bloodedly sat back and enjoyed the ride while the Marines were left twisting in the wind.

By 2008, seven of the Marines charged in the incident had been exonerated or had charges against them dropped. Lt. Andrew Grayson was acquitted. Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum, Capt. Lucas McConnell, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani all had their cases dismissed. Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last of the Marines facing charges, awaits a long, dragged-out trial this year.

Murtha, the so-called “military advocate,” went to his deathbed refusing to apologize or retract the attacks on the Haditha Marines (several of whom unsuccessfully sued him for libel to restore their honor). Decent people would call this intransigent treachery. Murtha’s friends apparently consider it great patriotism.

The ego-bloated, big-mouthed lawmaker treated his own constituents with trademark contempt. During his last congressional campaign, he mocked voters in his district as bigots.

“There’s no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Responding to mounting criticism on both sides of the aisle about his logrolling orgies on the Hill, he sniffed: “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.”

First, foremost and forever, Jack Murtha took care of Jack Murtha. The glowing encomiums from his liberal colleagues have glossed over the 19-term Democrat’s defining moment of political self-service. In 1980, Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive bribery probe — in which undercover FBI agents videotaped Murtha entertaining a $50,000 bribe from agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally. From transcripts of those conversations published by the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson, Murtha’s true colors shined:

“I want to deal with you guys awhile before I make any transactions at all, period. … After we’ve done some business, well, then I might change my mind. …”

“I’m going to tell you this. If anybody can do it — I’m not B.S.-ing you fellows — I can get it done my way,” he boasted. “There’s no question about it.”

Murtha worried not about his integrity or how his constituents might be harmed, but about getting ratted out:

“All at once,” he said, “some dumb (expletive deleted) would go start talking eight years from now about this whole thing and say (expletive deleted), this happened. Then in order to get immunity so he doesn’t go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people. So the (S.O.B.) falls apart.”

“You give us the banks where you want the money deposited,” offered one of the bagmen.

“All right,” agreed Murtha. “How much money we talking about?”

“Well, you tell me.”

By the time of his death, Murtha had been caught intervening on behalf of a law-breaking Pennsylvania company convicted of selling military equipment parts illegally overseas; had steered unprecedented billions in federal earmarks to friends, family and donors; had earned multiple “most corrupt in Congress” designations from both the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the right-leaning Judicial Watch; and had remained intimately tied to PMA Group, a former lobbying firm under federal investigation, and Kuchera Industries, a defense contractor also under federal investigation.

From his character assassination of innocents to his insatiable appetite for pork and power, Jack Murtha embodied everything that is wrong with Washington. If only the culture of corruption he serviced could be buried six feet under with him.

  • Noell Reed

    Good Riddance to Bad Garbage… The only rational course of action is to replace all politicians enmasse at voting time. If they are an incumbent, do NOT vote for them. This is the only sure way to get ride of these longstanding problems and to prevent new ones.

    • davarino

      Agreed, I think there should be term limits on congress. These guys are in there for so long they cant help but become corrupt.

    • Noell Reed

      Perhaps we could arrange for that surgeon to work on the rest of the politicians….Should be a whole range of good results, i.e. funerals

  • eyes wide open

    Yea good riddance ! "to that lowdown corruptacrat " ! Imagine that PORK !!!
    OK , now to get rid of the other 522 or so …..

  • Trumpeldor

    Good riddance !
    Maybe, he expected a warm reception from the 72 virgins ?

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  • Jon

    The only other death within the last year, that really mattered as much, was that of the consummate reprobate Ted Kennedy but the evil corruption that these two lost souls wallowed in will plague us long after they are gone. Here are two classic examples of fools who sold their souls to gain the world.

  • donnamarie

    Great piece, Michelle! I was rolling my eyes as soon as the accolades began about how wonderful he was-knowing all of the things that you laid out here. How can the press say with a straight face that he was a great man?

  • Marc

    The greatest patriot? Ah, yes. When I think of John Murtha, immediately Washington and Hamilton, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant and Garner, Truman and Eisenhower, all come to mind.

  • Steve Chavez

    "America, a country where its soldiers will put their life on the line in order to protect your right to spit on them!" Steve Chavez

    Murtha, the Congressional "Out of Iraq Caucus" headed by Maxine Waters taking advice from the United for Peace And Justice/Communist Party USA, John Kerry, etc… SPIT on our soldiers daily but they "Support the Troops?"

  • MikeCNJ

    the S.O.B (explatitive deleted) is dead. Good!

  • MikeCNJ

    PS: I hope the S.O.B (expletive deleted) enjoys the heat…haahahahhaaa

  • Joy

    One look at that bloated fat-cat, pig-at-the-money-trough face of his would convince even the most doubting Thomas that Murha was a walking piece of excrement. (Remember how they used to have small drawing illustrations of certain words throughout the dictionary way back when? Well, beside the word for "corrupt," Murtha's bloated, evil face would have been the perfect illustration of that word!)

    I don't forgive him his totally corrupt activities throughout his singularly NON-illustrative Congressional career – including that useless airport built with federal funds! – but all that pales in comparison to the character assassination he tried so vehemently to perpetrate on those Marines whose lives were all on the line in a particularly bloody & dangerous period & venue of the Iraq War.

    I do believe God was working through the hands of that surgeon…..

  • USMCSniper

    Leave the dead be – only a fool kicks a dead horse even if he was a bad horse.

    • Nemesister

      USMCSniper, it's not all about kicking a dead horse. There's a lesson to be learned here. Get these profiteering traitors out of the government. I am dancing that the sonofabitch is face to face with his deeds.

      • SWAT

        Nod to USMC Sniper: There is NO HONOR in standing over a dead man,

        To Nemesister: To you and those that use this platform should have said or done something while this man was alive.

        Nod to Davarino: Andrew Jackson specifically addressed the issue of “short term” service refered to as “rotation in office” to prevent the development of a corrupt bureaucracy.
        Additionally, Jackson was the ONLY president to completely pay off the national debt and was against the “Electoral College” to preserve the people’s right to determine the elections of those that will represent us in office.

        The way to get rid of corruption is to return to Jefferson-Lincoln-Jackson fundamentals to recover what we have lost in integrity through policy and practice.

        Electing a member of Congress is like hiring an attorney to repreesent you. You get what you pay for. So put your money where your mouth is and target those living and breathing that are corrupt and elect those who that will bring back the fundamentals of our constitution.

    • BS1977

      Yes….enough about Murtha…..I think the man was senile….lost in some gigantic pork barrel of the soul.

  • BS1977

    Interesting point made on radio yesterday: His botched surgery…. the accidental or careless perforation of his his intestine which led to a terrible perontinitis infection, toxic shock and death….was performed at a GOVERNMENT run medical facility. Check out a SOcial Security office or the Dept of Education….and then make the mental leap to Federal bureau-hacks running hospitals and highly complex medical care for 300 million people….Be afraid, be very afraid!!!

  • jdhaire

    Surprised the article didn't include news of the Murtha airport with hardly any traffic or flights to/from, but still receiving tax money. Oh, well, good 'smears' can't cover all points, I guess.

  • PFC

    I hope the Creep is issued Nomex Tropical BDU's in Hell…OOPs Never mind…Burn asshole Burn!

  • Dennis X

    I love class on this site.Van Jones is so right.

    • Poppakap

      About what Mr. X? The last time I checked, Van Jones was such a lunatic that even the Marxists in the Obummer admin had to throw him overboard.

      In addition, "I love class on this site…" means what exactly? Are you using FPM content as a virtual classroom? Or are your linguistic skills so poor that you can't write a complete, cogent sentence? I'm betting the latter.

      Troglodytes assemble elsewhere Mr. X. Go find them and leave us alone.

  • rob

    Murtha was just your typical phony Democrat, he knew that if he through out the hate America stuff he knew he would get a pass for his corruption from the likes of Keith Olberdouche, the NYTimes and the other members of the so-called "mainstream news media".

  • Rick

    Rob got it right. Corruption is tolerated by the MSM if you "go to the dark side." Ted Kennedy is another example.

    • PAthena

      I don't believe that Ted Kennedy was corrupt. He was, from my point of view, bad because of the policies he espoused, and also his behavior in preventing Judge Bork from being appointed to the Supreme Court.

      • Nemesister

        Ted Kennedy knew that his policies would end up benefiting the democrat party over the long run. In that sense he was as corrupt as Johnson who brought about the "Great Society." Murtha and Kennedy were on a quest for political and personal power. Besides, anyone who leaves a young lady to drown IS a corrupt coward.

  • Bruce

    I hope that this terrible man is not buried in Arlington. What a travesty that would be.

  • alloverthetop

    burn in hell you sorry bastard. I hope the Marines piss on your grave.
    burn asshole bun

  • Big Elk

    john murther = benedict arnold. murther was a false Marine and a traitor, who got his purple hearts as a gift, from little liar jimmy carter, years after the Vietnam War ended. murther should have been in prison for Abscam. Dear God, please burn murther's soul in hell for all eternity. Semper Fi!

  • Nemesister

    Let's root all the "Murthas" out of our government.

  • Middle Seat Observer

    Boss Hawg.

  • brenanc

    An Alpha-Omega week for Congressional deaths. Charlie Wilson and one extreme and John Murtha at the other.

    I remember seeing network news interviews with some of his constituents. At least the interviews illustrated how corruptocrats get re-elected.

  • RichardLKentEsq.

    May God have mercy on his soul.

    He'll surely need it.

    But then, so will Mrs. Malkin.

    And I as well.

  • Bruce

    The really sick part is that Murtha slimed those Marines knowing full-well it was contrived BS. He was party-hacking to stir-up anti-war sentiment to get Dem's elected mid-term as they worked – with media help – to gin up a bogus My Lai scandal. Murtha was the epitome of a corrupt-to-the-core, lying scumbag politician. Neither he nor anyone else in the corruptoCrat party ever had the decency to apologize to those falsely-charged Marines. Thanks Michelle for this fitting obituary.

  • Jack Spence

    May God have mercy on Murthas soul , but good ridence from our government. God works in misterious ways.

  • Subee Martin

    You reap what you sow……..
    I am sure he is reaping his now.
    He would most likely like a second chance……

  • badaboo

    Be advised that the highest crime demographic in the country for any group of 500 or so is …………amongst the 500 or so thwt we sent to capitiol hill .
    Washington D.C. – where corruption is a sport .

    Anyone here dumb enough to think or believe that it's just Democrats ?

    If so , I gotta bridge I wanna sell ya .

    • SWAT


      Corruption is a product of collaboration.

      Weeding must be done in both parties.

      WE NEED NON-ELITIST political architects and draftsmen who understands and respects our constitional and financial infrastrucure and who does not take it for granted.

    • Bruce

      No, just about 50:1 CorruptoCrats

      • badaboo

        About that Bridge Bruce , I know you'll leave smiling .

  • Vet

    Adios, Mike Foxtrot!!!… While you're feeding the furnaces down there, be sure to let Uncle Teddy know that a Republican is sitting in 'the people of Massachusetts's chair.

  • Donna

    Time to rid ourselves of these overpaid, contemptible moral reprobates. Thank you so much Michelle for speaking up. It's time to speak the truth and not hold back.

  • joelsk44039

    A bad guy, getting what he deserved.

  • davarino

    I suppose we should to feel shame for deriding a dead man, the same way we were supposed to feel about Zinn. The left will defend any of their own as long as they didnt eat babies. Murtha was a corrupt, evil man. To do what he did to those soldiers for political gain is unforgivable.

    If thats what the left has to do in order to win then they havent got a snowballs chance in hell. Eventually their deeds are found out and the tide turns, just as it is now. People are not that stupid.