MURTHA: This was not an action..This was troops...so stressed out,
they went into houses and killed children, women and children. 24
people they killed.
9 August 2007
You and Congressman Murtha
must set the
On May 19, 2006, this exchange took place on
You've suggested this week that there, in effect, was a massacre
JOHN MURTHA: Well, there was.
There's no question about
know, in talking to a number of people...I've never given you bad
information yet. When this
thing's all over, you're going to see exactly what I've said to be
That, there was an IED
attack, it killed one Marine, and
then they overreacted and killed
a number of civilians without anybody firing at them. That's what
you're going to find out.
Congressman Murtha should never have made these statements. No
congressman should ever place himself in the role of judge and
jury. It was wrong to use American servicemen to score
points against the war they were sent to fight.
But now we also know what Murtha said was false.
Bearing false witness against servicemen during a time of war. On
a scale of betraying one's country, it doesn't get much worse than
There always were questions about
Congressman Murtha's "information". He knew that all
And now his "information" has been exposed in court as hysterical
accusations brought by our own enemies. Two
Marines, LCpl Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy W. Stone, have now
been exonerated. More exonerations will almost certainly come this
There's no question about it...
The Marines were under fire that
morning. Numerous witnesses at the hearings have testified to that
fact. Haditha was a complex ambush that resulted in one Marine
dead and eleven wounded.
Marines did not
overreact. LCpl Sharratt and his squad mates (Cpl Salinas and SSgt Wuterich)
protected women and children from harm as they pursued suspected
insurgents armed with AK-47s. One Marine particularly reviled in
the press, Sgt Dela Cruz, took prisoners that morning and retained
an incredibly cool head in a hostile environment.
But can any of our Marines be truly exonerated after Congressman
Murtha repeatedly assured the world they were guilty?
You, the media, broadcast Murtha's politically-motivated slander,
virtually unchallenged, to millions around the world who
believed every word he said. They still do. How many people know
that Marines have been found innocent? Of those who know, how many
believe the exonerated Marines are actually guilty? The damage is incalculable to our
nation, the Marine Corps, and to the accused.
Anyone has the right to oppose the war in Iraq. But not by deceit
and by destroying the lives of our servicemen.
You, the media, have a responsiblity to undo the damage.
Ask Congressman Murtha for an explanation.
Ask Congressman Murtha if he'll now apologize and admit that, in fact,
there were questions about what happened that morning in Haditha.
Congressman Murtha owes
it to America. He owes it to the Marines who've been exonerated
and he owes it to those who await their day in court. And so do you.
Defend Our Marines
Some highlights of Congressman Murtha on Haditha
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