I wonder how many hardcore anti-Iraq war/anti-Bush lefties will try to excuse the latest sliming of our troops by Rep. John Murtha? (emphasis added):
MURTHA: Well, what I worry about, Wolf, is that this happened six months ago.
And nothing — you heard nothing about it. As a matter of fact, the original story was that an IED killed these 15 people. It became very confusing to the public. “TIME” magazine came out with an article, and they still tried to cover it up.
Now, there were payments made to victims, which aren’t made unless we kill them, one way or the other. And, secondly, they knew about it the day afterwards. So, there’s no excuse for not having this be more open and know exactly what — and the longer it goes, the worse it is for us, because it looks like it’s the policy of our troops to do something like this.
Got that? It’s the “policy” of the US military to kill innnocent Iraqi civilians, pay off the surviving victims, and cover it up.
In the meantime, CNN reporter Arwa Damon writes about her ‘shock’ over the allegations – because she travelled extensively with the Marines in question:
I know the Marines that were operating in western al Anbar, from Husayba all the way to Haditha. I went on countless operations in 2005 up and down the Euphrates River Valley. I was pinned on rooftops with them in Ubeydi for hours taking incoming fire, and I’ve seen them not fire a shot back because they did not have positive identification on a target. (Watch a Marine’s anguish over deaths — 2:12)
I saw their horror when they thought that they finally had identified their target, fired a tank round that went through a wall and into a house filled with civilians. They then rushed to help the wounded — remarkably no one was killed.
I was with them in Husayba as they went house to house in an area where insurgents would booby-trap doors, or lie in wait behind closed doors with an AK-47, basically on suicide missions, just waiting for the Marines to come through and open fire. There were civilians in the city as well, and the Marines were always keenly aware of that fact. How they didn’t fire at shadows, not knowing what was waiting in each house, I don’t know. But they didn’t.
Bruce Kesler reminds us that the incident is still under investigation.
(Hat tip: Lorie Byrd at Wizbang)
Mary Katherine Ham has a link roundup of news stories on this.
Related Toldjah So posts:
- The Haditha incident
- Does Rep. John Murtha know something we don’t?
- Rep. John Murtha: a fountain of misinformation
- Rep. John Murtha: 9 lies in 90 seconds
- Message to Rep. Murtha: listen to this man
- Is Rep. Murtha really a “hawk” as the media has been claiming?
- Rep House calls Dem House’s bluff (MINI-LIVEBLOGGING)
- Dem House Representative calls for immediate troop withdrawal