Defend Our Marines blog * 20 December 2009
There is a basic rule of buoyancy, that quantities of matter
left in a bowl for a long period of time tend to raise to the top if
they are of quality and the lesser matter seems to sink. Eventually,
it is obvious to all observers which is the sinker and which rises to
My thoughts precisely as I entered the courtroom where LtCol
Chessani’s case was being heard.
Almost exactly three years ago the fine Marines of the 3/1 were
charged for numbers of crimes for doing their job and keeping us safe.
I have maintained that the reason for this ongoing persecution of our
protectors has been one basic explanation “Personal Agendas”.
Some have passed the blame to the next lower rank after emails that
they sent, acknowledged that they knew the whole situation and shunned
their responsibility. They danced to the tune of the Time
magazine article instead of Semper Fidelis.
Others passed the responsibility up from the lower ranks after being
threatened and frightened of those who called themselves, “The
Government”. At Capt. Dinsmore’s Deposition a Marine Corps officer sat down
next to me and I asked him if he was defending or prosecuting. He
returned, “Oh no, I’m for the Government.”
I said, “Aren’t we all for the Government?”. I believe that I fought
in Vietnam for the Government, Government for and by the people?
Several U.S. Marines said on this day as they have in the past, “Semper
LtCol Chessani said, I stand in my command.
Major Jeffrey Dinsmore, the Intelligence Officer, said I will stand
for my C.O. and I refuse to leave one Marine behind.
I am here and I will stand, Semper Fi, for the truth, was Major
McConnell’s obvious intention in the way that he conducted himself
under examination and cross examination.
Other Marines weren’t that believable in their attempt to guard their
own. One thing that I do know is that these three fulfilled the
in this week of these proceedings as well as their whole careers.
I find it impossible to smile and shake hands with prosecutors who
have sought to make life miserable for a Marine who should, in all
cases, be lifted up in honor as a fast track to general officer,
warrior that he is.
It is reprehensible to listen to the prosecution attorneys address
themselves as “The Government” as they seek what has to be their own
personal agendas. I’ve searched my soul on many occasions trying to
place myself in their shoes and always come up to the same conclusion.
I would count the cost and stand down, answering to a one word
inner-self command, “Ethics”.
As I pointed out to LtCol Atterbury almost three years ago that some
Marines seemingly have missed basic instruction concerning
established motto of the United States Marine Corps, meaning “Always
Faithful”. These pit bull Prosecutors are the epitome of that pattern
My mind wanders to what it must have been like for jurists who
preceded them like, Pontius Pilate, and what they will experience in
what the Marine Corps regularly refers to as “After Action”. They
have to look in the mirror and justify that image looking back at
them. I wouldn’t want to be in that "Briefing".
The hearing got underway with the first witness giving two colonels
and one general two and one half hours of testimony, with a Power
Point presentation, depicting the events prior to, during and after
what has been dubbed as the Haditha incident, that Time
magazine reported on.
Of interest to me was the defense pointing out the exoneration of
Marines in the last three years concerning the events at Haditha. So,
the obvious question is, Why does the Government continue dishonoring
one described as a great leader, when all others involved were found
not guilty? What is the C.O. guilty of?
After several hearings concerning others charged, that I have
witnessed, the content hasn’t changed a great deal. Other then a
deposition I haven’t seen Major Dinsmore testify. The Intel
presentation that he showed and testimony offered was precise and
professional at this hearing for the demotion of LtCol Chessani.
The other witness was Major McConnell who seemed totally honest,
giving an impression of working to be clear and precise with a very
The outcome of this, hopefully, last face slapping was again that he
did nothing wrong.
Right has surfaced and we are all home to enjoy Christmas. If the pit
bulls attack once again as pit bulls do, for no logical reason, we are
ready once again.
In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas, Chessanis.
U.S. NAVY, PHLT, retired
Defend Our Marines
20 December 2009
Footnote: Major Dinsmore was awarded the Bronze Star for Haditha,
shoved through the window of his truck as he was driving out of the
parking lot. Semper fi.
He’s got more then a Bronze Star in Dad’s heart.