Not one person in Old Media or New Media knows the who, what, where, when, why, and how concerning the November 19th incident in Haditha, Iraq.
That doesn't stop the speculation, though.
Keep this in mind: How many people blogging and commenting on this story have spent a day in uniform ... much less a day in a combat zone under fire? How many were there in Haditha that day?
More importantly, there is an on-going investigation. Actually, there are 2 on-going investigations:
1. Find out what happened at Haditha.
2. Find out why senior officials were not aware of the misconduct allegations until February.
It will probably be a few weeks before those investigations are complete. Until then it doesn't do anyone any good to speculate. In fact, it won't do any good to speculate if the investigation yields charges. If individuals are charged, they will be tried under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in accordance with the Manual for Courts-Martial:
1. The accused must be presumed to be innocent until his guilt is established by legal and competent evidence beyond reasonable doubt;
2. If there is a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the accused, the doubt must be resolved in favor of the accused and he must be acquitted;
3. If there is a reasonable doubt as to the degree of guilt, the finding must be in a lower degree as to which there is no reasonable doubt; and
4. The burden of proof to establish the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt is upon the United States.
Sound familiar? You bet your ass it does.
There's been a lot of hyperventilating recently in the blogosphere on this and any number of other issues -- and it's getting old. Every issue is NOT A FUCKING CRISIS. It's gotten to be about as bad as Old Media and the cable talk shows, specifically. What is up with that?
An Example of Hyperventilation at the Belmont Club
Specifically, this post. I picked the Belmont Club because I like reading what Wretchard has to say and it is one of the last places I'd expect to be affected, but many of his commenters are really coming off like a bunch of nervous nellies. They have all the answers, don't they? ... as they piss on our senior military leaders. I've served with a few of the men who the Belmont Club commenters are pissing on. They are some of the finest, most decent men you'll ever know and they are warriors.
I'll put our military leadership up against anybody in the world any day of the week, even the pontificating commenters at the Belmont Club. Just read the military biographies of these men and ask yourself if you think that any of the Belmont Club commenters come close to the education, training and experience of our military leadership:
SEC Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
GEN John Abizaid, Commanding General, United States Central Command
CMSgt Curtis L. Brownhill, Command Chief Master Sergeant, United States Central Command
GEN George W. Casey, Jr, Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq
CSM Jeffrey J. Mellinger, Command Sergeant Major, Multi-National Force - Iraq
GEN Peter Pace, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
CSM William Joseph Gainey, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
GEN Pete Schoomaker, Chief of Staff, United States Army
SMA Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army
GEN Michael W. Hagee, Commandant, United States Marine Corps
SGM John L. Estrada, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
LTG Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, Director, Joint Staff
LTG James T. Conway, Director, Operations (J3)
LTG Victor E. Renuart, Director, Strategic Plans & Policy
How many of the Belmont Club commenters can match any one of those men. Yet, they KNOW just what to do... cut and run? Quit and go home?
They need to spend some time talking with soldiers and marines who have walked the walk. They aren't whining about the war. They are re-enlisting, not quitting and running away. They have confidence in their chain of command -- especially their Commander-in-Chief.
So, the Belmont Clubbers can go ahead and bash President Bush and our senior military leaders if that makes them feel better, but they're at risk of contracting Bush Derangement Syndrome as they edge ever closer to the fever swamp of the moonbats.