Case against Marine blamed on Murtha politics
Posted: March 6, 2007
A Marine commander from Colorado who survived an ambush firefight in Haditha, Al Anbar, Iraq, against terrorists, but then got caught in John Murtha's firefight of words as the anti-war congressman tried to capitalize on allegations about the situation, will fight military charges of dereliction of duty and failing to follow orders.
Officials with the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., say the charges against a number of Marines, including their client Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, resulted after Time magazine "misreported" circumstances about the battle in the war on terror that pitted U.S. Marines against Iraqi and foreign terrorists on Nov. 19, 2005.
The situation got even worse, officials with the Law Center said, when Congressman John Murtha, an outspoken anti-war critic and chairman of the House military appropriations subcommittee, publicly accused four Marines of being "cold-blooded murderers" and high-ranking officers of "covering it up." More....