Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mind if I blog a bit?

Although the number of references to "Haditha" in a Google News search rose a little on Wednesday - I'll post a final number later - the major newspapers have, for the most part, dropped the story. All that's mostly left are the anti-war folks squeezing Haditha for all it's worth before it falls into the memory hole - and the pro-war folks using this as another example of media bias.

This blog will end when the number of references to "Haditha" in a Google News search drops to below 200 for the previous day.

Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I think that is going to happen very soon.

In the meantime, I'm going to blog my little heart out.


crosspatch said...

Jack Murtha and a Marine general might have some explaining to do. From Thursday's Washington Times:

A criminal defense attorney for a Marine under investigation in the Haditha killings says he will call a senior Democratic congressman as a trial witness, if his client is charged, to find out who told the lawmaker that U.S. troops are guilty of cold-blooded murder.

Attorney Neal A. Puckett told The Washington Times that Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine commandant, briefed Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, on the Nov. 19 killings of 24 Iraqis in the town north of Baghdad. Mr. Murtha later told reporters that the Marines were guilty of killing the civilians in "cold blood." Mr. Murtha said he based his statement on Marine commanders, whom he did not identify.

Mr. Puckett said such public comments from a congressman via senior Marines amount to "unlawful command influence." He said potential Marine jurors could be biased by the knowledge that their commandant, the Corps' top officer, thinks the Haditha Marines are guilty.

"Congressman Murtha will be one of the first witnesses I call to the witness stand," Mr. Puckett said yesterday.

Mr. Puckett represents Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, an eight-year Marine who was a key participant in the Haditha operations that resulted in the 24 civilian deaths.

annika said...

good luck Sharon. And keep up the good work. Our boys need to know we are behind them, and every voice counts!