Innocents were killed at Haditha, as they inevitably are in all wars--though that does not excuse or justify wrongdoing. Yet neither was Haditha the atrocity or "massacre" that many assumed--though errors in judgment may well have been committed. And while some violent crimes have been visited on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, overall the highly disciplined U.S. military has conducted itself in an exemplary fashion. When there have been aberrations, the services have typically held themselves accountable.Lest you forget, it was a collaboration between a rabidly anti-America press and a just-as-anti-American Congressman that fanned the flames of hatred and deceit. See both at their worst here:
The same cannot be said of the political and media classes. Many, including Members of Congress, were looking for another moral bonfire to discredit the cause in Iraq, and they found a pretext in Haditha. The critics rushed to judgment; facts and evidence were discarded to fit the antiwar template.
Most despicably, they created and stoked a political atmosphere that exposes American soldiers in the line of duty, risking and often losing their lives, to criminal liability for the chaos of war. This is the deepest shame of Haditha, and the one for which apologies ought to be made.
There will, of course, be no apologies coming from either the mainstream media or from the Pennsylvania Congressman to those brave marines who did their duty at Haditha that day; enlisted men and officers who have been vilified so savagely for that which took place. Vilified for wrongs that have finally been proven to have never been committed.
Shame on John Murtha. If there is a hell ...
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