Sunday, June 11, 2006
I wonder what Jack Murtha (D-Okinawa) might think about this story. I'd say this is, at the very least, a reason that people holding positions of influence in our government might want to allow an investigation to take place before they start making the rounds calling our Marines cold-blooded killers and accusing Gen. Peter Pace of a cover-up.
The sum and substance of this thumbnail sketch on the Haditha claims is that it follows so closely the template for the TANG and Plame stories. Take a reporter with an anti-Administration agenda, an interested group (think of the Mashhadanis as the VIPS in the Plame case or Burkett and Lucy Ramirez in the TANG case) and a story too good to be checked and circumstances where the people attacked are limited in what they can quickly respond to and you get a story which smells to me like it will soon be unraveled.
This time, I’m betting the consequences to the press which rushed to judgment will be more disastrous than it was to Dan Rather. I surely hope so.