Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

Wait a minute - John Murtha Lied Again?

“Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, 22, is charged with three counts of unpremeditated murder, apparently for the deaths of three men he allegedly shot in a third house the Marines entered later on Nov. 19.” 4 Marines Charged In Haditha Killings

That was then, this is now:

“An investigating officer in the case against [Lance Cpl. Sharratt] accused of killing civilians in Haditha, Iraq, has recommended that all charges against him be dropped, concluding that the government's allegations that the Marine executed a group of men in a residential home are "unsupported and incredible." Officer Recommends Haditha Charges Dropped Against Marine

Remember this is the incident about which John Murtha explicitly said “[o]ur troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." (Lawmaker: Marines deliberately killed Iraqis) He based this claim, he says, on a military briefing but there is a more-than-a-reasonable suspicion that perhaps John Murtha lied about the timeline behind that briefing (in other words, he shot his mouth off BEFORE he had any real knowledge of the incident). Here’s the link to any press releases he may issue in light of this latest information…and not seeing any doesn’t mean the link is broken.

I’ll enjoy comparing and contrasting coverage of this ongoing collapsing case as yet again we learn that, by and large, our military is stocked with a professional and honorable people. Accordingly, I have no problem standing by my earlier comments on this matter.

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