Outrageous: Navy Ship to be Named After John Murtha, Marine Basher

Count me among the outraged. From Fox News:

The Navy’s decision to name a ship for the late Rep. John Murtha has outraged some critics who have not forgiven the Pennsylvania Democrat for accusing U.S. Marines of murdering Iraqi civilians “in cold blood” five years ago.

Nancy Pelosi was in attendance as Navy Secretary Ray Mabius made the official announcement Friday at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Murtha’s home district in Pennsylvania.

Fittingly, Pelosi and Mabius are among the small number of passengers who have ever used that airport, which offers only three commercial flights and is usually empty. This tiny airport has been the recipient of almost $200 million in earmarked pork funding put together under Murtha’s “leadership.” (And then there was the Abscam bribery scandal . . . .)

San Antonio-class ships support Marines and can carry roughly 700 troops, their equipment and vehicles. They are usually named after cities; the USS Murtha will be a break from that tradition.

As George J. at Monkeys on Horses pointed out:

To name a U.S. Naval warship, whose primary duty is to carry U.S. Marines into “Harm’s Way”, after an elected official that so publicly and unapologetically besmirched the courage and honor of the members of the Corps is unconscionable!

This quote comes from a letter George has composed objecting to the naming of a U.S. Naval vessel after John Murtha, and he recommends others among the outraged send letters to their Congressional delegations. I agree. I don’t think Americans should stand for this.

More at Bread upon the Waters.