Great thanks to Sergeant Mark Seavey, returned from Afghanistan, for attending the televised town hall meeting with Congressmen Jim Moran and John Murtha in Arlington. Sergeant Seavey addressed the congressmen:
“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.”
Confusing himself with the host of Jeopardy, Moran responded: “That wasn’t in the form of a question, it was in the form of a statement.” Perhaps Moran can find his true calling as a game show host.
Michelle Malkin has the video clip here. Michelle also notes this post at Mudville Gazette. At Polipundit, Lorie Byrd has more followed by a thread including comments from Sergeant Seavey.
UPDATE by JOHN: Turns out there was a second vet at Moran’s “town hall” meeting, who I believe is a retired general. Michelle has the video here. If you want to hear a feckless war opponent blasted in clear and uncompromising terms, don’t miss it.