Friday, May 26, 2006

Murtha's Charges...

"Congressman Jack Murtha, D-Penn., said Wednesday night that the U.S. military was deliberately and indiscriminately killing innocent civilians in Iraq - much the same way, he added, that American pilots did during World War II.

Asked about his crusade to expose the alleged massacre of an Iraqi family in Haditha last November, Murtha told Fox News Radio's Alan Colmes: "When this comes out, it's going to be much worse than" the initial reports.

Could the Haditha episode be characterized as "the indiscriminate, deliberate killing of civilians?" Colmes asked.

"From everything I've seen," said Murtha, "that's exactly what it was. ... That's exactly what happened in this particular case."

As those on the left always say --there are Soldiers/Marines/Airmen/Sailors that are Democrats, and that are 'against' this war... Don't you think if this was really going on (on a grand scale) there would be an outcry from the troops? Do you think AG wouldn't be screaming from the mountain tops if she saw civilians being gunned down?

"At issue is what occurred on Nov. 19, 2005, after a Marine convoy was allegedly hit by a roadside bomb, killing Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas. An initial inquiry found that 15 civilians were killed in the crossfire of a subsequent Marine firefight with insurgents.

In April, the Marine Corps relieved Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani of his command of the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment, the unit involved in the incident. Two of his company commanders were also relieved of command. The 1st Marine Regiment is part of the 1st Marine Division and is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., just north of San Diego.

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) said last week that there was neither a bomb nor a firefight, and that 24 civilians had been killed "in cold blood." (source)

How can a former Marine possibly besmirch the troops like this? Men and women that have given up their jobs and families to be over their risking their lives?! The investigations are not even complete. Has Murtha been to Iraq (I couldn't find the answer to that)? Could the publicity possibly be worth the harm he is doing?

Even if this incident turns out to be what Murtha says --how is that paramount to the "U.S. military was deliberately and indiscriminately killing innocent civilians in Iraq"? The entire military is now defined by a few men?

Can we *please* vote this guy out in November?!

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