The leftist Main Stream Media seems to be disappointed that the murder charges against the Marines charged by Rep. Murtha, “Marines overreacted… and killed innocent civilians in cold blood” in Haditha, Iraq have been recommended by a Marine investigator to be dropped.
Sentence first, verdict later
We suppose they think they’re “supporting the troops”: The New York Times last week bemoaned the apparent end of the collective murder charges against Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment following an ambush and firefight in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005. Those battle-tested scribes at The Times opened by comparing the event in Haditha to My Lai in Vietnam and went on to describe the inability of prosecutors to amass sufficient evidence and witnesses to meet the reasonable-doubt standard that would be required in a court-martial. A military investigator last week recommended dropping murder charges, a recommendation likely to be followed by the general officer in charge of the case, although negligent manslaughter charges might still be pursued. The Times’ coverage of this latest development in the Haditha case recalls the comments of Rep. Fightin’ John Murtha (D-Jihadistan), who couldn’t wait for the outcome of a trial before spewing the following slander in May 2006: “Marines overreacted… and killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”
We are firmly in favor of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well as the laws of war, being enforced in Iraq, even if it ultimately means the court-martial of American soldiers or Marines in some cases. But we will always give the benefit of the doubt to those young men who are risking their lives to defend our nation. Apparently that’s too much to ask of the “Newspaper of Record,” whose palpable disappointment here is just the latest proof that the Left wants more than anything to see America defeated in Iraq.