Congress refuses to talk to Gold Star Dad!!- Gets Golden Ass Award!
Members of Congress have been approached by the father of a Navy seal MOH recipient. However, Pelosi, Murtha, and Kerry have refused to see this young hero’s father. So what does this tell us about our elected officials or the new Democratic Congress? When Congress is about to pass a law that has such a dramatic impact on our troops and the war effort, I would think that if anyone should have an input, it would be the father of a slain soldier. After all, Cindy Sheehan has certainly had her say with Congress and the nation at large. Read on with disgust:
By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
April 12, 2007
(CNSNews.com) – Leading Democratic proponents of setting a
timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq have refused to meet with the
father of a dead soldier who believes a withdrawal would mean his son’s
life was “wasted.”
Army SSG Joshua Hager was wounded near Ramadi
when an improvised explosive device blew up under his vehicle on Feb.
22, 2007. He died the next day from his injuries.
father, Kris Hager, wants opponents of the war to rethink their
position because he believes ending U.S. involvement would mean his
son’s life was wasted there.
“How do I tell my grandson his father’s life was wasted by Congress?” Hager said in an email.
Hager told Cybercast News Service
that information he’s received from his son’s commanders led him to
believe the bomb that killed Joshua originated in Iran. He believes
withdrawing troops from Iraq will weaken the United States’ ability to
pressure Iran to stop supplying insurgent forces with weapons.
U.S. military and President Bush have accused Iran of supplying money,
weapons and ammunition to Iraqi insurgents, resulting in more
sophisticated and deadly bombs. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
has denied the allegations.
Hager has tried — without success
– to schedule meetings or phone calls with some of the leading
proponents of a military withdrawal, including Sen. John Kerry of
Massachusetts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Murtha of
As Cybercast News Service previously reported,
the U.S. House of Representatives on March 23 voted to pass a bill
authorizing increased funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
while setting a September 2008 deadline for withdrawing troops.
A similar bill was passed in the Senate
on March 29, and the two houses are now conferencing on the bill to
iron out differences. Kerry, Murtha and Pelosi were among the bills’
“Each of their offices said they were too busy to
speak with me,” Hager said. The Florida resident’s own elected
officials — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Republicans Sen. Mel
Martinez and Rep. Vern Buchanan — all spoke with him over the phone to
express their sympathies.
A spokesman for Sen. Kerry said he
does not have a policy on meeting with families of fallen soldiers.
“However, Senator Kerry meets with families when he can and has talked
with members from his home state and outside the state as well,” the
Spokesmen for Murtha and Pelosi did not respond to calls and e-mails requesting comment Wednesday.
said he feels entitled to meet with prominent opponents of the war,
even if he is not one of their constituents, because “they have taken a
“They talk all the time about the people — 70
percent of the Americans want them to get us out. They’re not talking
in the bounds of their constituency,” he said. “People like Murtha and
Kerry who have traded on their military records, they owe me a chance
to at least talk. I deserve that.”
“I’ve seen them embracing
Cindy Sheehan,” Hager added, referring to the prominent anti-war
activist whose son was killed in Iraq. “They make themselves accessible
to people who agree with them. I think it’s a small enough club of
fathers who have lost sons that I can get that access, at their
Does this disgust you as much as it disgusts me? I think it’s time to make an award I haven’t made in a while. I award Pelosi, Murtha, Kerry, and the Democratic members of Congress and those traitorous Republicans that are holding up the funds our troops need the “Golden Ass Award!”