I was with the Marine rifle company named in the Haditha incident. During the month of October 2005, up to the Iraqi constitutional referendum vote, I patrolled the streets of Haditha with them. Due to blog entries here at Fire and Ice back in October several news organizations have contacted me for comments. I had intended to make a statement here with my personal reflections, but will not do so at this time.
The Public Affairs Office and Judge Advocate General of the Marine Corps have asked Marines
to temporarily refrain from publicly speaking about the November 19, 2005 incident in Haditha, Iraq. Here is their request, which I will gladly honor.
All Marines are trained in the Law of Armed Conflict and are expected to fully comply with its provisions. The Marine Corps takes allegations of wrong-doing by Marines very seriously and is committed to thoroughly investigating such allegations. The Marine Corps also prides itself on holding its members to the highest levels of accountability. If the allegations are substantiated, the Marine Corps will pursue appropriate legal and administrative actions against those responsible.
The investigations are on-going, therefore any comment at this time would be inappropriate and could undermine the investigatory and possible legal process. As soon as the facts are known and decisions on future actions are made, we will make that information available to the public to the fullest extent allowable.
What I will give you as a commentary of sorts are three links which will hopefully give you; 1 a sense of my personal experience with K/3/1 echoed by a CNN journalist, 2 my opinion about the bullypulpit politicizing taking place, and 3 what I've done with $100 of my hard earned money as a response to items 1 and 2.
Oh, I almost forgot! My good friend and associate, the Ernie Pyle of Gonzo documentary film making, Pat Dollard, has finally set up a website where hopefully we'll soon be seeing trailers for his forthcoming Young Americans project.