Monday, June 12, 2006

Our soldiers under attack... by the MSM

I'm posting three links on this topic, the first from Michelle Malkin, about one American Soldier's fight against charges of murder. He won, but at great personal cost:

...Blog readers will be familiar with the basic true-life military and courtroom drama that Pantano endured last year. Last spring, Pantano was fighting for his life—charged by the U.S. military with premeditated murder in the deaths of two Iraqi insurgents. The Marine sniper who enlisted at 17, served in Desert Storm, and rejoined the military after 9/11 at 31 faced the death penalty for defending himself and his men in the heat of battle. He was accused then, as Marines are being accused now, of wantonly executing Iraqis to send a message.

Lt. Pantano and his family fought back...

The details are disturbing. Michelle recently met Pantano and his family, and is now reading his recently published book about his ordeal. You can read the whole of her article HERE.

An excerpt:
...A sergeant in charge of a squad of Marines in Haditha puts it plainly: his unit did not intentionally target civilians, the military rules of engagement were followed and the Marines did not try to cover up the shootings. This according to the attorney of Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich. He says the Marines were going house-to-house after insurgents were firing at them from inside one of those houses. The bottom line: "clearing" the houses...that is neutralizing any threat...was part of the rules of engagement. Some innocent people may have died...but that doesn't pertain to whether or not these Marines did their job...

You can see the full post with embedded links HERE.

And from Tammy Bruce, a story you won't likely hear in the MSM:

An Iraqi Girl and Her Teddy Bear Save American Troops

From a soldier in Iraq. An excerpt:

...On one such patrol, our lead security vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. This is not normal and is very unsafe, so the following vehicles began to inquire over the radio. The lead vehicle reported a little girl sitting in the road and said she just would not budge. The command vehicle told the lead to simply go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough to allow this maneuver and so they waved to her as they drove around.

As the vehicles went around her, I soon saw her sitting there and in her arms she was clutching a little bear that we had handed her a few patrols back. Feeling an immediate connection to the girl, I radioed that we were going to stop. The rest of the convoy paused and I got out to make sure she was OK. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was a warmth in her eyes toward me. As I knelt down to talk to her, she moved over and pointed to a mine in the road...

As Tammy says:

God bless our troops, Teddy Bears, and little girls everywhere.


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