Officers are Safe in Haditha Probe

No, Marine officers are not targets of an investigation into the atrocities at Haditha. I called it just a couple days ago that the investigation would nail the little guys on the front line, leaving the officers free and blameless. Now it is confirmed. Richard, though, pointed out, and rightly, that [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

No, Marine officers are not targets of an investigation into the atrocities at Haditha. I called it just a couple days ago that the investigation would nail the little guys on the front line, leaving the officers free and blameless. Now it is confirmed. Richard, though, pointed out, and rightly, that this is an institutional problem.

Interestingly, we learn this from one of the officer’™s lawyers, who was relieved of command along with two others. Gee, what could he possibly have been relieved of command for. Something serious, perhaps? Maybe even something rivalling a little massacre done by his troops?

‘My purpose is to separate his name from the alleged war crimes that took place,’ Hackett said. ‘He’™s not under investigation for anything related to what has played out in the press.’


Kimber, who was nominated for a Bronze Star for valor in Haditha, was relieved of command because his subordinates used profanity, removed sunglasses and criticized the performance of Iraqi security services during an interview with Britain’™s Sky News TV, according to Hackett.

The Pentagon has named two others who were relieved of command: Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the battalion’™s commander, and Capt. Lucas McConnell, who commanded Kilo Company. Hackett does not represent either man but said neither was present for the shootings and he believes neither man is a target of the investigations.

I suppose they weren’™t regulation sunglasses or something like that.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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