Where have you gone John Murtha? Our lonely nation turns its' eyes to you Comrades With the passing of that great progressive Murtha, the question is: Who will pick up his mantle of Terrorist Apologist? Murtha slandered the troops before the world, declaring that Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood. Then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama unabashedly backed Murthas smears. NYTimes reporter Paul von Zielbauer initially filed over 30 stories on the case, which the paper had hyped as the defining atrocity of the Iraq war. And then: One by one over the last six years, the Marines were exonerated.