Message to Rep. Murtha: listen to this man

Note 1/14: I slightly altered the title so it didn’t look like I was suggesting people listen to Rep. Murtha ;)

I’m a little late in linking to this video clip of Afghanistan war veteran Sgt. Mark Seavey laying the smack down on Reps. John Murtha and Jim Moran at a recent townhall meeting in Arlington, Va. Better late than never.

Make sure to check that video out – here’s the transcript as well (hat tip for transcript: Malkin via Mudville Gazette):

Yes sir my name is Mark Seavey and I just want to thank you for coming up here. Until about a month ago I was Sgt Mark Seavey infantry squad leader, I returned from Afghanistan. My question to you, (applause)

“Like yourself I dropped out of college two years ago to volunteer to go to Afghanistan, and I went and I came back. If I didn’t have a herniated disk now I would volunteer to go to Iraq in a second with my troops, three of which have already volunteered to go to Iraq. I keep hearing you say how you talk to the troops and the troops are demoralized, and I really resent that characterization. (applause) The morale of the troops that I talk to is phenomenal, which is why my troops are volunteering to go back, despite the hardships they had to endure in Afghanistan.

“And Congressman Moran, 200 of your constituents just returned from Afghanistan. We never got a letter from you; we never got a visit from you. You didn’t come to our homecoming. The only thing we got from any of our elected officials was one letter from the governor of this state thanking us for our service in Iraq, when we were in Afghanistan. That’s reprehensible. I don’t know who you two are talking to but the morale of the troops is very high.”

According to Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette (linked above) here was Moran’s response:

Moran – who is one of the few congressmen supporting Charlie Rangel’s call to restore the draft – responded quickly: “That wasn’t in the form of a question, it was in the form of a statement. But, uhh… let’s go over here.” And he took the next question.

Guess they weren’t interested in hearing from anyone who didn’t sign on to their cut and run approach to the Iraq war. Next.

Thanks to my friends Fat Tone, RebelChick, and Dragonfly for the heads up.

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