Saturday, January 07, 2006

Thank You, Sgt. Mark Seavey

Congressmen Jim Moran and John Murtha hosted a "town hall" meeting on Iraq in Arlington yesterday, which was televised by CSPAN. Little did they know that Sergeant Mark Seavey was among the audience. Sgt. Seavey gave the following statement:
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.

Murtha and Moran were reeling after this. They had to be wondering whether their gig was up. They were getting told off by a serviceman who just returned from Afghanistan in a televised meeting that was supposed to be a lefty rally. Rather than bolster support for their bogus arguments, they were exposed for the unrealistic, cut-and-runners that they are.

You can watch the video clip of Sgt. Seavey at CSPAN.

Lorie Byrd over at Polipundit has more, including a link to comments posted by Sergeant Seavey.