Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Take that, you ruffians!

Marines Punish 3 Officers in Haditha Case

Published: September 6, 2007

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Sept. 5 — The Marine Corps said Wednesday that it had formally reprimanded a two-star general and two colonels for their failure to thoroughly investigate why a group of enlisted men killed 24 Iraqis, including several women and children, in Haditha nearly two years ago.

Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter issued letters of censure to Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, the commander of the Second Marine Division at the time; Col. R. Gary Sokoloski, who was the division’s lawyer and the legal adviser to General Huck; and Col. Stephen W. Davis, the commander of a regimental combat team that was in charge of the infantry battalion involved in the Haditha episode, on Nov. 19, 2005.

That will show people you can't get away with killing twenty-four Iraqis. We shan't have any more loutish behaviour fouling the reputation of the Marine Corps.


Eli said...

I dunno, that sounds a little harsh.

Can Bush commute a letter of censure?

Dirk Gently said...

i'm glad to see there is finally some accountability. and eli, i disagree. strong action, i know - but those letters were just the kind of tough love those marines needed.

i'm sure that huck, sokolski and davis cried themselves to sleep that night. said...

Geez, I heard the Marines were tough...