Friday, June 20, 2008

Haditha Marine Exonerated

The MSM had pretty much forgot about the John Murtha (D-PA) led attack against eight of our Marines. Michael Savage did not. A weekday rarely would pass without some mention of it (and I don't get to listen to him all that often).

Earlier this week, a U.S. military judge dropped charges against Lt Col Jeffrey Chessani who was accused of failing to investigate the 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Lt Col Chessani was the highest-ranking soldier to have been accused of involvement in the incident. Seven other marines have been acquitted; one still faces charges.
The case stemmed from a roadside bombing in Haditha on 19 November 2005 which killed one marine, L/Cpl Miguel Terrazas, and injured two others. Iraqi witnesses said the US troops shot dead five unarmed men in a car when they approached the scene of the bombing in a taxi. The troops were then accused of killing 19 other civilians in three houses nearby over the next few hours. There was no full US investigation into what happened until January 2006, when video footage emerged of the aftermath, shot by a local human rights activist. A subsequent investigation by Time magazine suggested that most of the dead were shot by marines after the bomb - and in March 2006 a criminal investigation was begun. Those accused of involvement in the incident have maintained they were reacting to insurgent fire.
This thing reeks of a witch hunt. Those American-hating high-ups within the military and Democrat leaders will do anything they can to discredit the military activity in Iraq. A mid-level officer who is also a home-schooling Christian family man is a perfect target.

Whether John Murtha is sued for declaring the men cold-blooded killers is yet to be determined. I doubt it it will go forward; I think Chessani will just move on with his life and not fester and seek revenge. That's just what most conservatives would do.

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