I suspect Newsweak was surprised

Newsweek dove in with the best of them last week to smear the Marines regarding Haditha.  Its readers, apparently, weren't buying it:

Readers, while deeply troubled by our June 12 report on the alleged civilian massacre in Haditha, overwhelmingly chose to stand by the Marines. One said, "These Marines deserve every presumption of innocence until all the facts are in." Another added, "Our soldiers are not Hollywood action heroes but human beings subject to the whims of their chaotic environment and military leaders."  [Emphasis mine.]

Interestingly, though, the very first letter they publish on the subject is one lavishly praising Newsweek for its coverage which will increase trust amongst Iraqi citizens.  (I'm confused.  I thought they trusted us less when our own praise constantly calls our own military "baby killers.")  Indeed, all of the letters Newsweek chose to publish assume the Marine's guilt.  Some say it's inexcusable, some excuse it.  This is rather peculiar, since Newsweek itself told us it got letters talking about the presumption of innocence (see the text I quoted, above).  It's just that Newsweek apparently isn't going to publish those letters.  Apparently it's fine to summarize them, just not to include them.  Hmmm….

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  • jg

    From a new website designed to give the real view of our Iraqi mission, Vets for Freedom:
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    In 2006, this group of veterans, enlisted personnel, and officers decided to take action. The result was the creation of Vets for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the unbiased, nonpartisan truth of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to educate the public and mobilize public support for the Global War on Terror.
    —-excerpt from a dispatch….
    I am continually awed by the complete attention to detail and the spit/polish of the men and women who represent our nation through this military. Hanging out with journalists you tend to overhear all the belly aching and complaints leveled toward 22 year old privates, who have about as much to do with why planes are late as they do with why your tent’s air conditioner broke down last night. Still the unwashed complain and the young soldiers apologize and smile. At one point in my life I was on the other side of that complete disconnect and I was the one smiling and apologizing. Today I appreciate that the Army I left is a better one today. And the Army my son will serve in will be even better tomorrow.
    –David Bellavia
    http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/blog/blogitem.aspx?id=47

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    As much as injustice still exists in USMCJ, it is far far better than the historical standard. Just like whatever injustices you see in today’s American courts, it was really worse 100 years ago