US Marines Vs. Haditha Smear Merchants
Yet another U.S. Marine, Lt. Col.
Jeffrey Chessani, had charges dropped Tuesday in the
so-called Haditha massacre—bringing the total number of
Marines who`ve been cleared or won case dismissals in
the Iraq war incident to seven.
"Undue command influence" on the prosecution led
to the outcome in Chessani`s case. Bottom line: That`s
zero for seven for military prosecutors, with one trial
left to go.
I repeat: Haditha prosecution goes
0-7. But you won`t see that headline in the same
Armageddon-sized font The New York Times used
repeatedly when the story first broke.
The Times, Rep. John Murtha,
D-Pa, and the rest of the anti-war drum-pounders who
smear campaign against the troops two years ago should
hang their hands in shame. They won`t, of course.
narrative means never having to say
It means never having to look Lt.
Col. Chessani (charges dismissed), Lt. Andrew Grayson
(acquitted), Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum (charges
dismissed), Capt. Lucas McConnell (charges dismissed),
Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt (charges dismissed), Sgt.
Sanick Dela Cruz (charges dismissed), Sgt. Frank
Wuterich (awaiting trial) and their families in the eyes
and apologize for the preemptive character assassination
they all faced at the hands of the hyperventilating,
Murtha and company applied
Queen of Hearts ("Off
with their heads!") treatment to our own men and
women in uniform while giving more benefit of the doubt
to foreign terror suspects at
Gitmo. It is worth recalling, because the press
won`t do it for you, what they concluded about the
now-crumbling Haditha case in the summer of 2006 before
a single formal charge had been filed.
- MSNBC hangman
Keith Olbermann, who couldn`t wait to define the
entire war in Iraq by a single moment about which he
knew nothing, inveighed that the incident was
"willful targeted brutality." Due process? For
Mumia Abu-Jamal, of course. For our military? Never
- Far-left The Nation magazine railed,
"Enough details have emerged … to conclude that …
members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment
perpetrated a massacre." The publication also judged
the event "a willful, targeted brutality designed to
send a message to Iraqis."[Why
Haditha Matters, June 19, 2006] Not content with
hanging the troops, the Nation pinned blame on the
president and a so-called "culture of impunity"
that supposedly permeates the most accountable military
in the world.
- Singing the same tune as The Nation, The
New York Times spilled a flood of front-page ink
on the case and took things a step further in a
lead editorial blaming not just President Bush, but
also top Pentagon brass for the "nightmare"
killings in Haditha. Times reporter Paul von Zielbauer
filed over 30 stories on the case, which the paper
wishfully called the "defining
atrocity" of the Iraq war.
- Hoping to facilitate a self-fulfilling prophecy,
media tools around the world likened
Haditha to the Vietnam War`s most infamous atrocity—from
The Guardian ("My
Lai on the Euphrates?") to the Australian
Daily Telegraph ("Massacre in Iraq just like My
Lai") to the Los Angeles Times ("What
happened at the Iraqi My Lai?") to The New
York Times` Maureen Dowd ("My
Lai acid flashback") and the Associated Press,
which reached into its photo archives to run a 1970 file
photo of My Lai to illustrate a Haditha article.
- And, of course, there`s the permanent stain left
by the slanderous propaganda of Rep. Murtha—the stab in
the Marines` backs heard `round the world:
"Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them,
and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
Relatives of the Haditha Marines
have called for Congress to censure Murtha, who cuts and
runs to the nearest elevator when questioned about the
He and the Haditha smear merchants
have skated while the men and their families suffered
global whippings on the airwaves and eternal
demonization in print.
Whose "culture of impunity"?
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
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