Breaking: Resolution for Rummy Resignation
As early reports suggest that Jack Murtha (D-PA) will introduce a resolution (full text below the jump) calling for Rumsfeld's resignation, we thought it'd be handy to look at the military records of Murtha and Rumsfeld, whose handling of the U.S. military can only be called dangerous and abominable.
Murtha (via Wikipedia):
Murtha left Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the Marine Corps and was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal for displaying outstanding leadership qualities during training. Murtha rose through the ranks to become a drill instructor at Parris Island and was selected for Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. Murtha was then was assigned to the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In 1959, Murtha, then a captain, took command of the 34th Special Infantry Company, Marine Corps Reserves, in Johnstown. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for service in the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to 1967, serving as a battalion staff officer (S-2 Intelligence Section), receiving the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Reserves as a colonel in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.Now Rumsfeld:
Rumsfeld served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957 as a Naval aviator and flight instructor. In 1957, he transferred to the Ready Reserve and continued his Naval service in flying and administrative assignments as a drilling reservist until 1975. He transferred to the Standby Reserve when he became Secretary of Defense in 1975 and to the Retired Reserve with the rank of Navy Captain in 1989.However, according to the New Hampshire Gazette:
When the shooting started in Korea Rummy here was either 18, or about to turn 18. Not to worry for him, though Ã¢â‚¬â€ he spent the war at Princeton, wearing a ROTC uniform. Once the war was over he flew jets for the Navy for a few years. Defenders of Rumsfeld will say heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no chickenhawk Ã¢â‚¬â€ he served, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not his fault the war ended before he got his commission. To which others answer, "plenty of farmers and mechanics and kids just out of high school served. Anyone as full of whatever that stuffing in him is, could have tried out for a battlefield commission."FULL TEXT OF SCATHING RESOLUTION ENUMERATING RUMSFELD'S CONSIDERABLE FAILURES IS BELOW THE JUMP...