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Are war heroes military experts? And what is the definition of a war hero? In my book, anyone who serves America in the military is a hero, but very few are military experts.

Congressman' Murtha's proposal that our troops immediately withdraw from Iraq has been widely publicized by the news media. Fortunately, the House has voted his proposal down 403 to 31.

Readers can make their own judgment, as to the credibility of Mr. Murtha's proposal. What I do know is that another war veteran made a speech on the floor of the House in opposition to Mr. Murtha's proposal. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, served 29 years in the Air Force, was a pilot and served in Korea and Vietnam . He was imprisoned for seven years in Vietnam, much in solitary confinement.

Now that's a war hero. And his remarks deserve to be. publicized. But the liberal news media has ignored Mr. Johnson's remarks. Here are a few quotes from his speech:

"I know what it's like to be far from home — serving your country — risking your life — and hearing that America doesn't care about you."

"When I was a POW, I was scared to death when our Congress talked about pulling the plug that I would be left there forever."

"Our men and women in uniform need our full support."

"They need to have full faith that a few nay-sayers in Washington won't cut and run — and leave them high and dry."

"Any talk — even so much as a murmur — of leaving now just emboldens the enemy and weakens the resolve of our troops in the field."

Johnson was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor and two Purple Hearts. He retired as a colonel.

Americans are being fed a steady diet of Mr. Murtha's withdrawal plan. But you don't hear about Mr. Johnson's opposing views. Just another example of how liberal and biased the news media is!

Philip G. Buffinton

Bloomington

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