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#565269 --- 04/21/07 09:12 AM Report On Haditha Condemns Marines
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Report On Haditha Condemns Marines
Signs of Misconduct Were Ignored, U.S. General Says

By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 21, 2007; A01



The Marine Corps chain of command in Iraq ignored "obvious" signs of "serious misconduct" in the 2005 slayings of two dozen civilians in Haditha, and commanders fostered a climate that devalued the life of innocent Iraqis to the point that their deaths were considered an insignificant part of the war, according to an Army general's investigation.

Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell's 104-page report on Haditha is scathing in its criticism of the Marines' actions, from the enlisted men who were involved in the shootings on Nov. 19, 2005, to the two-star general who commanded the 2nd Marine Division in Iraq at the time. Bargewell's previously undisclosed report, obtained by The Washington Post, found that officers may have willfully ignored reports of the civilian deaths to protect themselves and their units from blame. Though Bargewell found no specific coverup, he concluded that there also was no interest at any level in investigating allegations of a massacre.

"All levels of command tended to view civilian casualties, even in significant numbers, as routine and as the natural and intended result of insurgent tactics," Bargewell wrote. He condemned that approach because it could desensitize Marines to the welfare of noncombatants. "Statements made by the chain of command during interviews for this investigation, taken as a whole, suggest that Iraqi civilian lives are not as important as U.S. lives, their deaths are just the cost of doing business, and that the Marines need to get 'the job done' no matter what it takes."

Bargewell's sharp criticism of the Marine command appears to have been a contributing factor in subsequent efforts by top leaders to ensure that U.S. troops exercise appropriate restraint around civilians. Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, who was the top field commander in Iraq last year, and Gen. David H. Petraeus, now the top U.S. commander there, have emphasized the importance of protecting the civilian population in counterinsurgency operations and have ordered aggressive investigations of alleged wrongdoing.

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#565936 --- 04/22/07 06:57 PM Re: Report On Haditha Condemns Marines [Re: Retired Soldier]
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Originally Posted By: Retired Soldier
Report On Haditha Condemns Marines
Signs of Misconduct Were Ignored, U.S. General Says

By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer



There it is peoples. Right under your faces. Why the need to wait for a military trial???

We have it right here from a Washington Post Staff Writer!!!

What more proof do you need???
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#566049 --- 04/22/07 11:28 PM Re: Report On Haditha Condemns Marines [Re: Retired Soldier]
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Originally Posted By: Retired Soldier
Bargewell's sharp criticism of the Marine command appears to have been a contributing factor in subsequent efforts by top leaders to ensure that U.S. troops exercise appropriate restraint around civilians. Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, who was the top field commander in Iraq last year, and Gen. David H. Petraeus, now the top U.S. commander there, have emphasized the importance of protecting the civilian population in counterinsurgency operations and have ordered aggressive investigations of alleged wrongdoing.


Sounds like a bunch of bloodthirsty, morally impaired savages to me. Must be all pumped up on PTSD.
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#567514 --- 04/25/07 08:45 AM Re: Report On Haditha Condemns Marines [Re: AbuDhabi]
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Army Faults Marine Command in Slayings
Associated Press | April 25, 2007
SAN DIEGO - High-ranking Marines, including a two-star general, failed to adequately scrutinize the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, despite an obvious need for further investigation, according to an Army probe.

The report by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell found that Marines did not deliberately try to cover up the deaths but said their overall mind-set played down the importance of civilian casualties.

"There was evidence of an attitude that portrayed noncombatants as not necessarily innocents, which may have fostered a willingness to accept reported circumstances that might otherwise appear dubious," Bargewell wrote. "A duty to inquire further was so obvious in this case that a reasonable person with knowledge of these events would certainly have made further inquiries."

Three Marines are accused of killing civilian Iraqis, including women and children, after their convoy was rocked by a roadside bomb blast, killing one squad member on Nov. 19, 2005.

They are charged with unpremeditated murder, while four officers are charged with failing to adequately report the deaths. The troops have maintained their innocence, saying they believed they were under attack and followed proper procedures to defend themselves.

Bargewell's criticism extends from enlisted Marines up to Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, the two-star general in charge of the 2nd Marine Division at the time. After learning of allegations that troops had targeted civilians, Marine commanders had "sufficient knowledge and a duty" to report and investigate a possible law-of-war violation, but did not, Bargewell said.

Bargewell, himself a two-star general, was unable to question anyone who outranked him but recommended that "higher echelon commanders" be interviewed, too.

A Marine spokesman, Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, declined to comment on Bargewell's findings, which were first reported by The Washington Post, saying they were part of an ongoing investigation.

A call to the public affairs office at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the 2nd Marine Division's home base, went unanswered late Tuesday.

Bargewell completed his 104-page report in June 2006 after interviewing dozens of Marines in Iraq and in the United States. A copy was provided to The Associated Press by someone close to the investigation who declined to be identified because the document is not public.

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