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Change of heart?

Dear Editor:

When I read the article on U.S. Rep. John Murtha’s demanding that “Heads should roll” in the ranks of the military advisers to the Bush Administration, I was a bit taken back. Why would a well-known pro war “hawk” with a finger on the throttle of the Defense Appropriations Committee, suddenly go liberal while our servicemen and women are in harm’s way. Isn’t this the same Murtha who decried such criticism during the Vietnam Conflict• Isn’t this the same Murtha who supported war in Desert Storm, Haiti and Bosnia?

For a congressman who owes his career to two Purple Hearts for minor scratches to his cheek and forehead while touring Vietnam for intelligence, his sudden change of heart makes sense.

After having voted with the President to go to war with Iraq and the $87 billion that Bush requested to finish the job, the only plausible answer has to be political.

The Democrats have been planning to win back some of the power they lost to the Republicans with what could become the largest expansion of federal entitlements since LBJ. The Democrat plan to federalize the costs for prescription drug benefits under Medicare is now off the table due to the steep costs of war.

And that means big trouble for politicians who depend on retired voters.

Bill Choby,

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