Discussion in 'Military' started by Gunny, Oct 4, 2007.
I'll be interested to see how this plays out.
You are aware I linked to that in the "where is Murtha " thread? )
No I wasn't. I thought about doing exactly that, but decided it deserved its own light to ensure all the fingerpointers got a chance to call Marines babykillers yet another time.
so...gunny...do they give medals for negligent homocide in the USMC these days?
No. But they DO give Purple Hearts posthumously for Marines who don't assess a situation to the best of their ability and act on it immediately.
It's easy to sit here and judge. Try walking a mile in that SSgt's boots. I have. It ain't a fun place to be.
I have no doubt..... but because it is difficult to judge him, are you suggesting we not try to do so?
I don't see that the general public has any business judging him at all. He's being judged by a military court martial.
I think the biggest problem we've had in the past few wars are armchair quarterbacks and couch potatoes who don't have a clue what it's like to have rounds striking all around them to Monday morning quarterback a 2 years olds decisions under extreme duress when he's just trying to do what we sent him to do and bring his and his Marines' asses back home in one piece.
If he gave the order to commit murder or participated in committing murder he should swing for it. If he didn't, I don't think he should be held accountable so the public can get their pound of flesh.
I am not suggesting that the public judge him...the "we" was somewhat "imperial"..I think that he should be judged by a court martial and if he is found guilty of a crime - any crime - he should be punished.
Which is what Murtha tried to bypass with his claim they murdered them, that no enemy fire occurred and that it was wanton cold blooded war crimes. All for political gain. All proven to be wrong since.
I have no problem with that, and did not suggest otherwise. My stance on the matter is they should not be charged with a crime they did not commit to satisfy a false, sensationalist accusation made by a politician for the purpose of getting his name on Page One.
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