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All charges dropped for Haditha Marine

A reminder of something I shoulda remembered.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Justin's father Darryl Sharratt twice in recent weeks on Pundit Review Radio. The first interview, we discussed the impact of this case on his family. In the second, we discussed how it took him more than 50 calls over 18 months to get Murtha to talk with him. You can find links to both interviews here,





Those guys always do a great job and this case and all the other Haditha cases seem likely to become the breeze. I wonder how these guys get their reputations and careers back?

From the AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A general dropped all charges Thursday against a Marine who had been accused of killing three Iraqi brothers in response to a roadside bomb attack in Haditha in 2005.

"The evidence does not support a referral to a court-martial," Lt. Gen. James Mattis wrote in his written decision.

Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, 22, had been charged with the murder in the deaths of three of those killed after the bomb attack Nov. 19, 2005.

The decision to drop the charges followed an earlier recommendation from a hearing officer who listened to evidence in the case. Under military law, a commanding general has total jurisdiction over a case.

In his recommendation, Lt. Col. Paul Ware said murder charges brought against Sharratt were based on unreliable witness accounts, poor forensic evidence and questionable legal theories.

"The government version is unsupported by independent evidence," Ware wrote in an 18-page report. "To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary."

Clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, eh? I wonder how that ties in with Murtha's cold-blooded killers theory. I assume sweeping apologies will be forthcoming from the lummox.

I hope I meet up with Murtha when the Troops on the Hill event kicks off on the 17th and 18th check out the site and sign up if you can be there. The idea is to show Congress that pulling the rug out now would be an awful mistake for a multitude of reasons. We need to remind them that Americans don't believe in losing when winning is still an option. Polls show that some of the good news is seeping out to the public, but we need to keep up the efforts. The Democrats saw that support for the war was low and for the President even lower, and they took their shots trying to shut it down. They failed because enough of them knew that voting for defeat was a treachery that would not be forgiven.

There is too much positive news coming out of Iraq right now for it to be suppressed or ignored. The press and the Dems have been rubbing our noses in shite about how bad things have been, let's rub  Congress' nose in the sweet smell of success.

Oh I'm sorry do I owe you an answer on how Kev's Iraq or Madison coin flip? Wow how rude of me, the flip went off as scheduled and.........Oh you can wait until I edit the video right?

In the meantime check out the Editor's podcast over at Ward Carrol talks with Michael Goldfarb from the Weekly Standard, who owned the Sotty Beauchamp story and your humble narrator contributes a bit called The Resurgence of the Surge. Very cool tunes by Steve Morse formerly of The Dixie Dregs.