Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus plans to honor the late Congressman John Murtha by giving his name to the Navy's new LPD (Transport Dock Ship), to be launched in 2013.Murtha also gave us the famous "Airport to Nowhere" in his Pennsylvania district that had only a couple of flights a day - to Washington D.C. - as significant cost to taxpayers. He basically had it built just for his use. Murtha was also a famous name from the ABSCAM scandal.
In doing so, Sec. Mabus is breaking the Navy's tradition of naming its San Antonio-class amphibious transports after American cities. He is also honoring a man who:
1) was one of the most corrupt members of the U.S. Congress, and
2) called our Marines murderers who killed Iraqi women and children "in cold blood."
We believe that such a man does not deserve to be honored by the U.S. Navy. If you agree, please help us petition Secretary Mabus to reconsider this outrageous decision.
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