Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Murtha's Judgment...

Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE.

One of their links is to a letter to the Washington Post, from
Ilario Pantano, a former platoon commander in Iraq. An excerpt:

A year ago I was charged with two counts of premeditated murder and with other war crimes related to my service in Iraq. My wife and mother sat in a Camp Lejeune courtroom for five days while prosecutors painted me as a monster; then autopsy evidence blew their case out of the water, and the Marine Corps dropped all charges against me ["Marine Officer Cleared in Killing of Two Iraqis," news story, May 27, 2005].

So I know something about rushing to judgment, which is why I am so disturbed by the remarks of Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) regarding the Haditha incident ["Death Toll Rises in Haditha Attack, GOP Leader Says," news story, May 20]. Mr. Murtha said, "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

In the United States, we have a civil and military court system that relies on an investigatory and judicial process to make determinations based on evidence. The system is not served by such grand pronouncements of horror and guilt without the accuser even having read the investigative report...

You can read the whole letter here:

Mr. Murtha's Rush to Judgment.



juanitagf said...

Doesn't Murtha believe in "innocent until proven guilty"? I guess only in the case of Jefferson.

Beauty said...

The Blogsphere as the Death of the Mainstream Media is no longer strange, but, pls note Europe is a very big word and shouldn't be used lightly.