Vultures Row: A Look at Fidelity

A Look at Fidelity

Time magazine is reporting that there was an “incident” on November 19th of last year. The incident in question surrounds a group of marines who were attacked with a roadside bomb. The time article has an anti-war bent that smells of nostalgia for the Viet-Nam war era. Time relys on reports from eye-witlesses that are directly related to some of the civilians that were killed which taints their impartiality in relating the event. As bad as Time wants to make the Marines seem, without all of the facts in, pales in comparison to John Murtha’s take on it

killed Iraqi civilians 'in cold blood': US lawmaker

May 17 8:39 PM

A US lawmaker and former Marine colonel accused US
Marines of killing innocent Iraqi civilians after a Marine comrade had been
killed by a roadside bomb.

"Our troops overreacted because of the
pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood," John Murtha
told reporters. The November 19 incident occurred in Haditha, Iraq.

"There was no firefight" that led to the shootings at close range,
the Vietnam war veteran said, denying early official accounts, which said that a
roadside bomb had killed the Iraqis.

"There were no (roadside
bombs) that killed these innocent people," he said.

Time magazine
reported the shootings on March 27, based on an Iraqi human rights group and
locals, who said that 15 unarmed Iraqis died, including women and children, when
Marines barged into their home throwing grenades and shooting.

"It's much worse than reported in Time magazine," Murtha said.
At least three Marine officers are under official investigation,
and no report has been released, Army Times said Tuesday.

Murtha is
a harsh critic of the war in Iraq and said that such incidents are the result of
inadequate planning, training and troop numbers in Iraq.

Why would an elected official make statements like these?

  1. He hates GWB so much he will say anything to help undermine him.
  2. He thinks his brothers-in-arms are so slow witted that they can not make decisions in the heat of the moment and because GWB has misled them they are confused
  3. He thinks nothing of the Corps ability to investigate and punish anyone found to have done wrong.
  4. All of the above.

Were betting that its #4. There is a saying that there are no Ex-Marines, only former Marines. That means that a when you are a marine you are thru and thru, that you believe in Corps, God and Country, that you will always look out for your buddies, your fellow marines and the Corps as a whole. If there is a bad marine, you deal with him and protect the Corps in the process. Murtha seems more interested in leaking information about an ongoing investigation to further his own beliefs than seeing that a fair and impartial inquiry is completed.

We wonder if Mr. Murtha remembers what Simper-Fi means?


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