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Caroline Gave Murtha ‘Courage’ Award

Given that Caroline Kennedy appears to be the front-runner to fill Hillary Clinton’s capacious soon to be vacated Senate seat, we though it might be timely to re-post an article we first published about her back in June.

Lest we forget, the ever so wonderful and non-partisan Ms. Kennedy recently honored the despicable John Murtha with an award for “courage.”

From the fall 2006 newsletter of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation:

Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy presented former U.S. Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora and U.S. Representative John P. Murtha (D-PA) with the 2006 Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts May 22, 2006.

Foundation Honors Mora and Murtha with JFK Profile in Courage Award

In what marked the 50th anniversary celebration of the publication of John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage, Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy presented former U.S. Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora and U.S. Representative John P. Murtha (D-PA) with the 2006 Profile in Courage Award.

During the annual ceremony held in the Stephen Smith Center at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Mr. Mora was recognized for the moral and political courage he demonstrated in waging a 3–year behind-the-scenes battle with military and civilian leaders over U.S. military policy regarding the treatment of detainees held by the United States as part of the war on terror. Congressman Murtha was recognized for the difficult and courageous decision of conscience he made in November, 2005, when he reversed his support for the Iraq war and called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the conflict.

“Alberto Mora and Congressman Murtha’s extraordinary acts of conscience will be remembered by Americans for generations to come,” said Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. “These two courageous individuals exemplify my father’s belief that each of us has the power to make a difference in our world. We are all inspired by their acts, and for standing up for what they believe despite the consequences. The United States is fortunate to have public servants with such integrity.”

In December 2002, Alberto J. Mora, then general counsel of the United States Navy, was alerted by Navy investigators to reports that detainees held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay were being subjected to cruel and unlawful interrogation practices. Mora, whose civilian position accorded him a rank equal to that of a four-star general, soon came to learn that the cruel and abusive practices of United States military interrogators at Guantanamo were the result of significant policy shifts at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Over the next three years, Mora waged a campaign inside the Bush Administration to prevent military and civilian leaders from codifying any policy that might implicitly or explicitly sanction the mistreatment of Guantanamo detainees as part of the war on terror. For his moral courage and his commitment to upholding American values, Alberto Mora was honored with the 2006 Profile in Courage Award.

In November 2005, Congressman John P. Murtha, a Vietnam War veteran and the ranking Democrat and former chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, galvanized debate about the war in Iraq by calling for the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from the conflict. Murtha, who had voted in favor of the Iraq war, argued that American soldiers had become targets and “a catalyst for violence” in Iraq. His unexpected and dramatic reversal of support for the war put him at odds with military leaders, the Bush Administration, and many members of his own party. For his political courage and his dedication to principled public service, John P. Murtha was honored with the 2006 Profile in Courage Award…

The following is an excerpt from the Profile in Courage Award acceptance speech of Alberto J. Mora:

… In the summer of 2002… at Guantanamo and elsewhere, U.S. authorities held in detention individuals thought to have information on other impending attacks against the United States. Unless this information was obtained, it was believed, more Americans – perhaps many more – would die. In this context, our government issued legal and policy documents providing, in effect, that for some detainees labeled as “unlawful combatants,” interrogation methods constituting cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment could be applied under the President’s constitutional commander-in-chief authorities. Although there is continuing debate as to the details of how, when, and why, we know such cruel treatment was applied at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and other locations. We know the treatment may have reached the level of torture in some instances. And there are still questions as to whether these policies were related, if at all, to the deaths of several dozen detainees in custody. It is astonishing to me, still, that I should be here today addressing the issue of American cruelty – or that anyone would ever have to.

The following is an excerpt from the Profile in Courage Award acceptance speech of John Murtha:

When I made the decision to speak out publicly against the policy in Iraq, I said my biggest regret was that I did not speak out sooner. While the Administration continued to pitch progress and victory, logic dictated that progress was not forthcoming and that victory was but an illusion.

When I spoke out against the war policies of this Administration I did so predominantly with two things in mind: the lives of our brave men and women in uniform and the future of our great military.

Today, my words of November 17, 2005, and the many that followed, reflect not only my own gut consciousness but that of many in our military and the majority of this country. I am proud to be the messenger of those who at one time had no voice.

Profile in Courage Award Committee

Michael Beschloss: Author and Historian

David Burke: Former President, CBS News

Thad Cochran: U.S. Senator (R-Mississippi)

Marian Wright Edelman: President, Children’s Defense Fund

Antonia Hernandez: President and CEO, California Community Foundation

Al Hunt: Washington Managing Editor, Bloomberg News

Elaine Jones: Former Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Caroline Kennedy: President, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Edward M. Kennedy: U.S. Senator (D-Massachusetts)

Paul G. Kirk, Jr.: Chair, Board of Directors, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

John L. Seigenthaler: Founder, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center

Olympia Snowe: U.S. Senator (R-Maine)

Patricia M. Wald: Former Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Forget about her lack of experience and accomplishments. This is the Age of Obama, after all.

What kind of judgment has Ms. Kennedy ever displayed?

Whoops. Well, scratch that one too, since again we are in the Age of Obama.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Caroline Gave Murtha ‘Courage’ Award”

  1. proreason says:

    Let’s see.

    2 representatives from America’s craziest political family, including an unconvicted murderer, award the craziest American outside their immediate family an award for courage for undermining the security of the country.

    Where is John Kerry in this? It isn’t everyday that you get to honor a fellow traitor.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Profile in Courage? HA! Jonh boys yellow streak goes back to when he was a Intell officer in the Nam. He said that he went on Intell missions in the bush with the grunts. I am here to tell you that at NO TIME was a Intell Officer allowed outside the wire of any firebase or camp. These types were too valuable of a target for the VC and NVA. Their job was to debrief and assimulate info from Recon, LLRP and Grunts. Then pass it up the chain of command. I place this dud with the likes of “Band-Aid” Kerry and his ilk!! There are always a FEW bad apples in every Branch of the Services, John just happens to be ours! (USMC) Why he was never called on this is beyond me but they still rag Col.Ollie North. He….. is a “Profile in Courage”.

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    Murtha could honestly accept the “Profiles In Corruption” award, or “Profile That Looks Like a Traitor Fat Mouthed Pig” award….but courage? He is a disgusting disgrace. He WAS a Marine. He is nothing more than a bribe taking influence peddler who puts terror over the troops. He needs to be transferred to diplomatic duty in Tehran. At least the Israelis would be able to give him his just reward. Courage my ass. Like Kerry….military in name only to further a career. He needs to be harpooned and flensed.

  4. bobbys says:

    LBJ won the Silver Star for laughing and staying cool in the face of DANGER, I think the MEDAL OF HONOR would be more fitting here.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    From what I see Caroline appears to be the only sane member of that family (genetic, not by marriage) – Perhaps the Liberal Lion Ted ‘A bridge too far’ Kennedy wants to have the name redeemed just in time for his death – when the truth of what he really did and paid off comes out.

    I can’t imagine her doing it, as I said Caroline has appeared to be the only sane member of that family. Look at what Maria did to the Terminator. So maybe I am wrong – she did ‘assist’ The One ™ in his VP pick – which couldn’t have been a bigger loser if they tried.

    Oh well – Murtha and Courage – talk about a oxymoron – or is it just a Moron?

  6. U NO HOO says:

    “Profile in Courage Award Committee…Michael Beschloss: Author and Historian”

    Wasn’t it Beschloss who said on Imus that Obama had a huge IQ but didn’t know what Obama’s IQ was?

    Boids of a feather flock together.

  7. Colonel1961 says:

    Must. Take. Shower.

  8. BillK says:

    Perhaps Caroline was once a “community organizer.”

    That’s all the experience you need.

  9. 1laidbackRN says:

    What really bothers me is if she wants the seat, it’s hers. Then she’ll join the rest of the whacked-out nutjobs in the circus that has become known as the U.S. Senate. It will be like trading tit-for-tat.

  10. brad says:

    Marian Wright Edelman THE SOCIALIST BIGOT who endorsed brack obama’s racist book, Dreams from my Father. http://exliontamer.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/dreams_from_my_father.jpg

    She is a racist bomb thrower who campaigns for more money to be thrown at socialist (read: black) causes. She once told the Clinton administration I believe, that millions of black kids would die if he signed the welfare reform law—that threat never happened of course.

    What pigs are involved in the democratic party? What you need to do LIKE EVERYONE ought to do is SECEED! Ignore their liberal awards, newspapers, magazines, television shows, politicians, opinions, churches —-EVERYTHING. Make your own things like what has already been done with FoxNews et.al, and pay no attentions to them. Make your own awards and give them to the true heroes.

    If the New York times and Newsweek go crazy about something, you should not even bother with it, because you should not be reading those publications anyway, you should be completely oblivious to their complaints. Once you liberate yourself from those people, you will have mental freedom. Fight when you must, but let them have their awards and back-slapping festivals. If a liberal is over 25 years old—they are a lost cause—don’t even bother with them.




  11. Enthalpy says:

    Concepts of principle and courage should not be used when we speak the names of these men. The damage done to our country by these men cannot be measured.

  12. Cincinnatus says:

    What the hell is Thad Cochran doing amongst these leftist loons?!

  13. proreason says:

    Brad, definitely a kindred spirit here, but I would add a few things, which have a small chance of growing and perhaps impacting the political process.

    Strongly support term limits. I’ve come to believe that virtually every member of Congress who serves more than 2 to 4 years becomings deeply corrupt and out of touch. How can 99% of Congress be wealthy? 99% of people entering congress are not wealthy. Write your congresspeople with the demand for term limits.

    Second, vote against them all, every time.

    Third, if you have the option, choose the schools your children attend carefully. The teachers plant the liberal seeds, and the professors hammer them in. If your child has the grades to attend an Ivy League school, discourage it in every way you can.

    The liberals have attacked the system from the bottom, through the schools and the press. We have to overcome that or all will be lost forever.

  14. GuppyNblue says:

    This country’s worst enemies are sitting right in Congress and Murtha is just one despicable example. He wasted no time calling our soldiers murderers based on questionable accusations and before they received any kind of investigation or trial. So what if he reversed his position on the war. How does being indecisive and putting political expediency before the welfare of the country make one courageous?

    Oh and then there’s Ted Kennedy. No single individual is more responsible for the destruction of our country and culture. He will be remembered as the traitor that Balkanized America. How could this sub-human judge the courage of anyone? His drunken driving cost a young lady her life. If he had any courage he would’ve jumped in to save her. He would have at least owned up and taken a charge of reckless endangerment or manslaughter.

    Giving Caroline the Senate seat is just the way business is done in Washington today. The party picks its own even when those dog-and-pony shows we call elections make us feel somehow relevant. I remember when George W. was picked as the repub’s nominee. It reeked of dynasty to me and mediocrity is about the best we could get from that. But the Kennedys are like a royal family that deserves to rule by right of their name.

  15. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Just because someone served in the military doesn’t mean their performance will be stellar from that point onward. Yes we can appreciate one’s service to country but that was then and this is now.

  16. proreason says:

    “This country’s worst enemies are sitting right in Congress and Murtha is just one despicable example. …Oh and then there’s Ted Kennedy.”

    Time restricts……..but cetainly you wouldn’t want to leave John Kerry off the roster. What country has ever come so close to ELECTING an actual traitor? The mind boggles.

    But then……the mind moves to Obamy, and it doesn’t seem so strange after all. A wise man once said that the human race can adapt to anything that doesn’t kill it.

  17. GuppyNblue says:

    I’ll make it quick and easy. Every swinging Richard in the House and Senate should be ripped from their seats and thrown into a pit. What few might not be corrupt are guilty of being silent. They’re officers of the Constitution and have a duty to expose any threat to it. But of course that’s just an antiquated concept in Washington.

  18. Liberals Demise says:

    Kerry and Murtha……..
    Kerry and his 3 Hearts (not 1 day in a hospital for recoup: Me….I did 6 wks. for 1 Heart)
    Murtha is a in the rear with the steak and the beer warrior
    Both of them have “STOLEN HONOR”

  19. proreason says:

    “Kerry and his 3 Hearts (not 1 day in a hospital for recoup”

    but LD, for 2 of those Hearts, his own ricochet caused the nicks. For one of those the doc laughed at him, so he had to go over the docs head, write his own commendation and somehow get it signed by somebody in authority……all of which allowed him to be the single Swift Boat guy of over 6,000 to get an early out for the obscure 3 Heart rule, after about 100 days “in action”.

    All that hard work….and you dare to criticize.

    Hanoi John is still serving his country. Word is that he is disappointed not to get a big job in the Obamy administration. He wanted to be the one to surrender to Osamy. The Obamy people must not know the lengths he will go to to get his way. If I was an Obamy guy, I wouldn’t want to be around John when his blood gets up. He could kill himself, and the blood might curdle the environment.

  20. Liberals Demise says:

    Hold it proreason…….picture if you will…….
    John in a houseboy uniform; towel over the left forearm( left…nice touch) and waiting on Samb”O”bamas’ beckon call. See, there is a place on Sammies staff for a john. He has ALL the qualifications for the job AND…….he doesn’t need that phony resume. Sans the purple/John Kerry now can tout the distinction of: “STOLEN VALOR”.

  21. brad says:

    It is clear that it is well past time to either seceed, and form a new set of states with their own ideology–confederation, or allow the terrorists to overthrow our government, since we don’t have the ability to do so.

    Let the gays fight against the taliban to keep gay rights.
    Let the anti-gun owners take up a gun (ironically) to fight al qaida
    Let the abortion people die for their beliefs
    Let the godless socialists suffer for their system

    ~~all those things will be WIPED OUT by muslim extremists. Why should Conservative soldiers hold back one set of extremists (taliban) to protect our own extremists (liberals)? Step out of the way, and let whatever happen—-happen. Win-Win in my book.

  22. Thorn says:

    Why call it the “JFK Profile in Courage Award”? Shouldn’t it be named after the guy who actually wrote that book? Ted Sorenson’s daughter, if he has one, should be handing out that award to a corrupt ass like Jack Murtha.

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