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
fueled the

smear campaign against the troops two years ago s
hang their hands in shame. They won`t, of course.
Perpetuating the

"cold-blooded Marines"
narrative means never having to say
you`re sorry.

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,
noose-hanging press.

Murtha and company applied

Queen of Hearts
with their heads!"
) treatment to our own men and
women in uniform while giving more benefit of the doubt
to foreign terror suspects at

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
    convicted cop-killer

    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."
    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
    of the Iraq war.

Relatives of the Haditha Marines
have called for Congress to censure Murtha, who cuts and
runs to the nearest elevator when questioned about the
Haditha dismissals.

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"?



Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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