Note to Reps. Chabot, Schmidt, Boehner, Turner, Jordan, and Latta... This shall not stand! I fully expect that Ohio's Republican delegation will speak out vehemently against Rep. Moran's statement and denounce it for the garbage that it is. (I know we are pretty widely read by staffers in the Ohio delegation...PLEASE email me your statements on this...wmdtvmatt -- at -- yahoo -- dot -- com) And this would be a good time for White Flag Republicans like Cut and Run LaTourette and George RINOvich to see the light too...
I hope to hear from Ohio's Democrats speak out against this complete fabrication too...but I'm not holding my breath.
12/20 UPDATE: Vets for Freedom responds:
(Washington, DC) Vets for Freedom condemns the recent comments by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) on the floor of the House of Representatives in which he stated that American troops “ethnically cleansed Baghdad.” The United Nations, along with the rest of the civilized world, commonly refers to ethnic cleansing as genocide.Vets for Freedom don't sound like they misunderstood Rep. Moran...
“Once again, Congressman Moran demonstrates how far from reality he has fallen,” said Executive Director of Vets for Freedom and Iraq Army veteran, Pete Hegseth. “Jim Moran has a long history of putting his foot in his mouth, but this time he has gone too far. The men and women who make up our nation’s military are decent and honorable citizens who bravely serve to fight our enemies who threaten our national security. Insinuating that they are war criminals is outright despicable.”
He continued, “I call on all Members of Congress to follow Vets for Freedom in our condemnation of these irresponsible accusations, as well as on the constituents of the 8th District of Virginia to stand up to such nonsense and support the men and women whose very sacrifice allows Moran to run his mouth.”
Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American military strategy. For more information, please visit www.vetsforfreedom.org.
12/21 UPDATE: Welcome Newsbusters readers. And a special thank you shout out to Tom at BizzyBlog for the linkage.