Flopping Aces has a great post about the Haditha case. The cartoon that heads up the post pairs two of the most traitorous people ever to be elected to public office.

Those of us who followed the case knew it was a terrorist propaganda operation, aided and abetted by Time Magazine, by elements inside the military overreacting to Abu Ghraib, and by Congressman Murtha.

Two facts will kill the case against the Marines:

1. Of the 24 of the people killed after the Marines were attacked, 8 were terrorists.

2. A 12-year old child survivor testified that she knew the IED was going to explode.

Let’s look at the second item. NewsMax reports:

In a CNN interview broadcast Wednesday, Safa Younis – who says eight members of her family were killed by U.S. troops – recalled that she was getting ready for school as the Marine Humvee approached.

“I was planning to go to school. I was about to go out of bed. I knew the bomb would explode so I covered my ears,” the youngster said, according to a CNN translator.

“The bomb [then] exploded,” she explained. “The bomb struck an armored vehicle. I don’t know if it was a Humvee or an armored vehicle. When the bomb exploded, they came straight to my house.”

If she knew that the bomb was there, so did everyone in her home. She was also planning to go to school, which indicates that she was not being held hostage by the terrorists. That makes her family complicit in the attack on the marines.

Let’s do some accounting:

24 Iraqis were killed.
4 out of 5 in a car at the scene were terrorists
4 out of 19 people killed in clearing operations
8 of the 19 people were related to a kid who knew the bomb was going to explode.

Some of the kid’s relatives may have been the 4 terrorists. Be that as it may, half of the people killed were either terrorists or complicit in the attack.

Then we need to look at how the case came about. Flopping Aces again:

Meanwhile a Marine Intelligence Officer, Captain Dinsmore, testified that he rejected the Haditha city council’s assertions that it was cold blooded murder because the whole town was full of terrorists:

A military intelligence officer testified Friday that he dismissed complaints from the mayor of Haditha and its city council about the slaying of 24 of its townspeople in 2005 because he believed insurgents heavily influenced the local government.

Capt. Jeffrey Dinsmore said he also questioned the veracity of complaints in a pamphlet published by the council a week after the slayings, which took place at the hands of Marines from Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment Kilo Company.

The flier asserted that the Nov. 19 killings were a massacre by troops enraged by a roadside bombing that killed one of their own. The pamphlet called for an official investigation.

“My assessment was the city council was being used as a tool of insurgent propaganda,” Dinsmore said. “They would take grains of truth and add details that were false and it would end up looking like a wild allegation.”

Which makes complete sense since the only ones accusing the Marines prior to the TIME story were the terrorists:

Insurgent groups have actually made more of the massacre. Within days of TIME’s story (which was picked up by the Arab media), pamphlets appeared in Haditha, congratulating ‘those who participated in exposing the dirty deeds of the Americans’. The pamphlets were released by a group using the name ‘Islamic Resistance’ – a cover for the terrorist group Ansar al-Sunnah. TIME’s story was cited in websites and Internet bulletin boards known to be used by insurgent groups.

Murtha joined the terrorists’ plot when he rushed to judgement. Here’s a CBS report from May. 28, 2006:

Murtha said high-level reports he received indicated that no one fired upon the Marines or that there was any military action against the U.S. forces after the initial explosion. Yet the deaths were not seriously investigated until March because an early probe was stifled within days of the incident, he said.

“I will not excuse murder, and this is what happened,” Murtha said. “This investigation should have been over two or three weeks afterward and it should have been made public and people should have been held responsible for it.”

Murtha, a former Marine and a prominent critic of Bush administration policies in Iraq, repeated his view that the war in Iraq cannot be won militarily and needs political solutions, which he said were damaged by such incidents involving the U.S.

“This is the kind of war you have to win the hearts and minds of the people,” he said. “And we’re set back every time something like this happens. This is worse than Abu Ghraib.”

Former Marine? Time for the Marines to publicly disown Murtha.