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In 1974, John P. Jack Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth distric In 1974, John P. Jack Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth district. From Vietnam to 9/11 combines personal memoir with thoughtful analysis to provide a behind-the-scenes account of the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy in the last quarter-century. At the same time, it tells the story of a man committed to service and community. This edition, updated for 2006, contains the Congressman's November 17, 2005, press release concerning the redeployment of U.S. troops, his letter to his congressional colleagues about why he changed his mind on the war, and his letter of February 2, 2006, to President Bush about changing course in the Iraq War.


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In 1974, John P. Jack Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth distric In 1974, John P. Jack Murtha became the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In the nearly three decades since then, Congressman Murtha has been intimately involved with governmental decisions about America's national security and foreign policy, adding his unique perspective to international affairs while faithfully representing Pennsylvania's twelfth district. From Vietnam to 9/11 combines personal memoir with thoughtful analysis to provide a behind-the-scenes account of the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy in the last quarter-century. At the same time, it tells the story of a man committed to service and community. This edition, updated for 2006, contains the Congressman's November 17, 2005, press release concerning the redeployment of U.S. troops, his letter to his congressional colleagues about why he changed his mind on the war, and his letter of February 2, 2006, to President Bush about changing course in the Iraq War.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Homer H Blass

    An interesting look at the last 35 years of American foreign policy by a marine combat veteran of Vietnam who has served in Congress since 1974; and often used by the leadership of both political parties as a member of Congressional study groups sent on the ground to look at the situation in Lebanon in the 1980's; Kuwait in the early 90's; Somalia in the mid 90's Bosnia in the late 90's and Iraq since the invasion. Tends to support belief that History and government bureaucracies tend to repeat An interesting look at the last 35 years of American foreign policy by a marine combat veteran of Vietnam who has served in Congress since 1974; and often used by the leadership of both political parties as a member of Congressional study groups sent on the ground to look at the situation in Lebanon in the 1980's; Kuwait in the early 90's; Somalia in the mid 90's Bosnia in the late 90's and Iraq since the invasion. Tends to support belief that History and government bureaucracies tend to repeat themselves and especially their mistakes. Murtha respects Colin Powell and sees the Powell doctrine as the lesson we should have learned and followed since Vietnam. It also contains some interesting insights from a sympathetic fellow congressman on "Charlie Wilson's War".

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