An investigating officer in the case against a U.S. Marine accused of murdering civilians in Haditha, Iraq, has recommended that charges against him be dropped, concluding that the government’s allegations that the Marine executed a group of men are “unsupported and incredible.”
The findings by Marine Lt. Col. Paul Ware could exonerate Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, who formed part of a convoy that was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005. Members of his unit — Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment — allegedly killed a group of young men who were ordered out of a nearby car. The Marines then went house to house in the neighborhood, allegedly killing as many as two dozen people, including women and children.
The right is using this news as an opportunity to hammer on John Murtha again:
Hadn’t seen this commented on yet but the investigating officer at the Article 32 hearing (similar to a civilian grand jury) for a Marine charged with murder in the Haditha case has recommended no charges be brought. You may recall this is the case where Congressman Murtha announced shortly after the allegations were made that these Marines were guilty of murder and that he had gotten his information from an unnamed high ranking Marine source. I wonder if Mr. Murtha will now issue an apology to the Marines he’s slandered. I somehow doubt it.
Well, Rich, first of all, never underestimate the willingness of a Democrat to apologize for saying or doing something that absolutely needed to be said or done. But I’ll tell you what I think should happen. I think that you, Rich, should apologize to the surviving relatives of the women, children, and elderly men who were slaughtered by our Marines in Haditha — and I think you should get all of the others in your war- and military-worshipping crew who have been saying they hope that the massacre of 24 unarmed, innocent Iraqis by U.S. Marines will not make our troops more cautious about using deadly force, to apologize to those surviving relatives as well. But don’t stop with a simple apology. Please also find a way to convince them that, appearances to the contrary, your crowd does not really believe that Iraqi lives are of less value than the lives of Americans.
If you will do that, then maybe we can talk about John Murtha apologizing to the Marines.