There should be consequences for smearing our troops. CNS reports:
The parents of a U.S. Marine accused of killing three Iraqis execution-style in Haditha in late 2005 said Thursday they would ask Congress to censure Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for saying that the Marines “overreacted” during the incident and killed civilians “in cold blood.”
“It’s too late for an apology,” Darryl Sharratt of Canonsburg, Pa., told Cybercast News Service after the hearing officer in the case, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, released an 18-page report recommending that all charges against Sharratt’s son, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, be dismissed because his actions “were in accord with the rules of engagement and use of force.”
Sharratt said that he, his wife Theresa and other supporters of their 22-year-old son were planning to visit Martha’s office, and “we’re going to ask for more than an apology.”
“We need this man censured by our Congress,” he said, because “he denied my son — and the other Marines involved — their constitutional rights to a fair trial and a presumption of innocence.”
“This is what we’ve been fighting for in Iraq,” Sharratt added. “This is what we’ve been fighting for — what soldiers and Marines have been dying for — for the past 200 years.”
The Let Freedom Ring blog exposes Murtha running for cover and asks:
If Rep. Murtha is found to have railroaded Cpl. Sharratt and the other Marines, shouldn’t that be grounds to have him punished by the House of Representatives up to and including his removal from office? It seems to me that congressmen violating a soldier’s constitutional rights and accusing the military of covering the underlying incident up before being briefed is about as serious an offense as it gets. It seems to me that that’s corruption of a most odious nature.
Finally, shouldn’t members of the Democratic leadership be asked if they knew that Rep. Murtha’s accusations weren’t based on an official Pentagon briefing. If they knew that he hadn’t been briefed but still accused Cpl. Sharratt and the other Haditha Marines, aren’t Democratic leaders guilty of throwing Cpl. Sharratt’s constitutional protections under the bus? At minimum, they were morally responsible for chastising Rep. Murtha for his actions.
Finally, shouldn’t Cpl. Sharratt and the other Haditha Marines be set free? Based on Paul Ware’s report and recommendation, isn’t it impossible to convict these men?
The Murtha Must Go blog introduces Babbling Jack to the concept of an apology.
Flashback: May 18, 2006… Murtha hangs the Marines