My memory of the Haditha Report suggests that the information that he provided was essentially correct. The official report showed that officers lied to investigators and covered up information on the event.
I have been in firefights so I fully understand how things can go upsidedown so I am not in anyway looking at the Marine issue other that what I have seen in the official report. But to suggest that Murtha, or anyone else did wrong by shining a spotlight on the events is just wrong. We have to abide by rules of engagement 100% of the time. It is one of the things that separates Americans from many other militaries in the world. And when we don't, that has to be addressed harshly, whether Marines or Zoomies or even swabbies, if they ever put their ass in a firefight [SEALs excepted]
And this is why the investigatory process is so important. People going off half cocked and trying to make points always hurts somebody.
On April 17, 2007, the Marine Corps dropped all charges against Sgt. Sanick P. De la Cruz in exchange for his testimony. Seven other Marines involved in the incident have also been granted immunity.
On August 9, 2007, all charges against Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy Stone were dropped. On October 19th, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt's commanding officer decided the charges should be lowered to involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.
On September 18, 2007, all charges against Captain Lucas McConnell were dropped in exchange for immunity and his cooperation with the investigation.
On March 28, 2008, all charges against LCpl. Stephen Tatum were dropped.
On June 17, 2008, all charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani were dismissed by the military judge citing unlawful command influence. The Marine Corps has appealed that ruling.
Now we see that all the charges have been dropped except against Wuterich. A Far cry from Murtha's charges of:
"Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
All of this done at a press conference to mark the six month anniversary of his initial call for "redeployment" of US forces in Iraq.
That is what sickens me the most. He threw good men under the bus and ruined careers so that he could make political points.