John Murtha (June 17, 1932 – February 8, 2010)

February 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Posted in House of Representatives, Obituary | Leave a comment
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(NYTimes) Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, a gruff ex-Marine who was one of the most hawkish Democrats in Congress but who became an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, died on Monday in Arlington, Va. He was 77.

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The first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress, Mr. Murtha voted in 2002 to authorize use of military force in Iraq. But he evolved into a leading foe of the war as it was conducted under the administration of President George W. Bush.

“The war in Iraq is not going as advertised,” Mr. Murtha said in November 2005, as he demanded an immediate withdrawal of American troops. He called the Iraq campaign “a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.”

Murtha represented Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district in the US House of Representatives from 1974 until his death earlier today, but his long career in politics began in 1969, when he was elected to represent the 72nd legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Often at the center of scandal, he nonetheless became a hero to many for his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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