26 August 2007


The Democracy Project is the best source for the slow disintegration of Jack Murtha and the Anti-Victory Left's pet "war crimes" case, the so-called Haditha Marines. All of the junior NCOs and enlisted Marines have had an Article 32 hearing which resulted in recommendations of dismissal of charges. General Mattis has acted favorably on several of those recommendations, others are still pending.

Remaining is the case of Staff Sergeant Wuterich, who was apparently the senior Marine on the scene at the time of the incident. As such, he will be held to a higher standard as to what sort of judgment he should have exercised. As an NCO myself, I have to agree to that higher standard. It's a serious responsibility to lead American Soldiers in combat--and with both the increased professionalism of the NCO Corps and decentralization of decision-making, frequently we are making decisions that a Captain or Major would have made in World War II or earlier. It is only reasonable that we be held to the same standards. Now, if they'd pay us like it. . . but that's a separate gripe, gospodin.

Now we come down to the real issue. If Staff Sergeant Wuterich is cleared of the accusations, then there will be precisely one recommendation for further legal action, against the Battalion Commander. The BC will have the excellent defense that you can hardly prosecute a man for inadequately investigating an incident when after years of investigation and legal maneuvering, no one else has found enough evidence to take to trial. Ooops. Failing to adequately investigate a non-crime is a far cry from the accusations of "massacre" hurled reckless around by a certain Semper I Senator.


Blogger David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 08/26/2007
A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention updated throughout the day…so check back often. This is a weekend edition so updates are as time and family permits.

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