10 years ago
By now most of you know that Wuterich has filed a complaint against the worm Murtha for his having destroyed the reputations of the Marines in the alleged Haditha incicent. Time has this:
The complaint also provides some detail into Wuterich’s explanation of the events in Haditha. It says, contrary to Murtha, that the Marines on the ground did follow the rules of engagement, that there was a firefight that day, that the Marines were shot at, and that at least two of the Iraqis had weapons. In response, Congressman Murtha did not back off of his earlier comments and instead said Wuterich was “lashing out.”
In our Haditha Roundup category, we have tracked a lot of details on the Haditha incident, including the fact that much of the day was captured on camera by overhead drones. Could Murtha, in addition to being a worm, be so stolid and dense that he doesn’t know this? That there was a fire fight that day is without dispute.
Also, I have posted on room-clearing and “stacks” and the rules of engagement. That the Marines followed the rules of engagement that they were given almost goes without saying. What we learn from this most recent Time article, however, is just as interesting.
I had heretofore thought that there were only non-combatants in the two rooms they cleared (i.e., there was some evidence that the insurgents fired on the Marines from those rooms and then fled). It now appears that not all of the insurgents fled (or at a minimum, the some of the individuals in the rooms had weapons and were brandishing them so that the Marines could see them).
” … at least two of the Iraqis had weapons.”
Murtha just looks more stupid as details emerge.