A Marine sent to survey and clean up the aftermath of the incident in Haditha, Lance Corp. Ryan Briones, spoke with the L.A. Times about what he saw:
"...He told the Los Angeles Times he is still haunted by what he saw, including a young girl who was shot in the head.
"[The victims] ranged from little babies to adult males and females," Briones told the newspaper. "I can still smell the blood."
Briones says he and another Marine were told to photograph the bodies. Military officials say those photos — which they say show people shot at close range in the head and chest — clearly contradict initial reports that the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb.
Officials familiar with the investigation say Sgt. Frank Wuterich was the top-ranked Marine to enter the houses where the civilians were killed and is the center of the investigation.
In an interview with "Good Morning America" today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said there are now two investigations into the killings that occurred last November.
"One is to find out what happened. The other is to find out, why did it take us so long to find out what happened?" said Gen. Peter Pace." (source)
Regardless of how the investigation turns out, I hope the world remembers that the actions of a few should never belittle the sacrifice and hard work of the majority. Is it too much to hope that if it does turn out these civilians were purposefully killed --that the left will not take the opportunity to smear the entire military as a chance to "punish" Bush...?
This post by Sweetness & Light would indicate my hope will not be fulfilled:
"Once again our one party media is pretending to have uncovered a story that is years old so to forward their agenda and have a tie in to the alleged Marine atrocities at Haditha.
From the DNC’s Associated Press:
"U.S. Policy Was to Shoot Korean Refugees" (Read the Whole Story)