January 24th, 2012
06:13 PM ET

Marine to serve no time for Iraq killings

A military judge has sentenced Marine Staff Sgt. Frank G. Wuterich, who pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty in connection with the shooting deaths of 24 Iraqis, to a maximum 90 days' in prison and a reduction in pay. However, he will not be serving any time in custody as a result of a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and defense attorneys on Monday.

As Mark Thompson noted on Time's Battleland blog, the Haditha case started with a bang and ended with a whimper.

"The seven other Marines charged in the case have all been acquitted or had the charges against them dismissed. Critics will argue that military justice is an oxymoron, like military music. But Marines hailed the decision as the proper end to a painful case," Thompson wrote.


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  7. M4 Skull F_cker

    Even this "punishment is too much. He should actually be rewarded with a vacation on the finest beaches with naked chicks running around. The only good muslim is a dead muslim.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Steven

      Yea ,.. And the only good American is an Obamahtron ..And shit like this ,,is why we are the most hated country in the world .

      January 25, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • M4 Skull F_cker

        It is better to be feared and hated than loved and shit on and fucked over.

        January 25, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • MB

        Incorrect, North Korea is the most hated country in the world. Possibly Iran and/or Cuba.

        January 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • Christen al-Iman

        Good day, Steven, in response to yur post above; I would have to agree with your comment/opinion, "Yea ,.. And the only good American is an Obamahtron ..And shit like this ,,is why we are the most hated country in the world ." It's obvious that this is a one-sided situation, that many Americans don't wish to take into account the other side's position. Individuals such as M4 Skull F_cker are unwittingly the precipitators of quite a bit of animosity towards the United States and it's citizens here and abroad.
        And will undoubtedly lead to more violence.

        January 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Steven

      Oh yea ..M4 is probly an X marine... one of the most fucked up people on the planet. One word dude PTSD sais it all .. what the fuck are they brainwashing you with . What is wrong private Pile are you angry ?

      January 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • The War Criminal General Sherman

      I'll bet your daddy used to sing "the only good red is a commie who's dead" from the comfort of his trailer while he watched other men's son's die for nothing in the jungle.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  8. Iranacockuptheirass

    WOW!!!! Have thy n eyes deceived me? It's about time real Justice showed up!!!

    January 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      And these are our heros?, government issued human beings ... Open your eyes people !!! As much as we say we hate war
      We sure as shit love to see it from the side lines ha.... And anybody who begs to differ bring it

      January 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  9. John

    How do you get the enemy to stop shooting? Shoot back
    Where are theses enemies shooting from? Houses
    Who are in these houses? terrorists and civilian men, women and childern.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  10. Dana

    We are talking about one screw up I want to talk about what was created when Bradley Manning leaked 26,000 top secret documents and communiques. How many lives were lost? What should his punishment be?

    January 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • The War Criminal General Sherman

      A ticker-tape parade would be nice.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
      • Jon

        Yes, that would be absolutely lovely

        January 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        Yall got my vote...May this hero force 500 camels to hump the mouths of the monkey desert people

        January 25, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • mickey1313

      The government has ZERO legal right to conceal info from the tax payers, manning is a hero. You are a pawn of the MIC it is so sad that americans buy the government line on this crap.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
      • Buzzer

        Our issue in the military is generally not with concealing info from American tax-payers...ALL military service men and women were civilians at one point or another and their tendency not to divulge information didn't change when they put on the uniform...this is about the insanity of divulging information to people that could use the intelligence to put our servicemen and women in harms way and KILL THEM. Sorry if you're not able to see the information and you feel "offended" and gives the impression that you can't be trusted, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. If you put your "right" not to be "offended" in front of my "right" to live as a US Military servicemember you're got some serious misplaced priorities...makes people like who serve really want to ask if we can just protect the one's that have my back and leave people like you to fend for yourself.

        January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • michaelfury

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/payback/

      January 25, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Steven

      more power to the wikilleak ... People need to know How messed up our country is , in a nutshell this world is going to shit and not even in a hand basket. Go ahead protect your government some more as if they need it .... Deaf men and blind worms they'll be not seen we are all pawns and brooks for the crimson king, and they are the government with a parlament af whores ...... Take that one and savor the flavor

      January 25, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  11. bing520

    Can't understand it. Like we can do no wrong in a war. In 1967 US Army platoon gunned 500 unarmed Vietnamese, children and babies included, in a ditch in My Lai. The Army charged about 30 soldiers involved. Only William Calley was convicted and sentenced to life, but was reduced By Nixon to 3-year house arrest. I heard that some 30 years after My Lai William Calley was honored for his excellent military service. Today you talk to people about My Lai, you'd be accused of being a liberal fabricating untrue stories.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • sweatbreaker

      yeah, we liberals are really bad when it comes to facts. When there is actual proof, we "weren't there" or are on welfare. Either way, yawn, we don't have the right to talk......pretty KarlRovian.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Wes

      ok..so where would My Lai be without the involvement of the US military? where would South Korea be without the involvement of the US military? Where would name the 100 other countries and where would they be or what would be the European union of Germany be without the US military? Before you speak up make sure you understand you'd all be german with blonde hair and blue eyes if it wasn't for this country you HATE so much... Just answer that and you'll have the answer to all your other questions too. Sure there were some civilian casualties how many innocent people died during WWI and WWII and The Korean War and everyone between?

      January 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  12. BinDere

    Somehow we manage to send troops by the hundreds of thousands into Iraq and Afghanistan without too many accusations of this type. They serve and they come home and we all get on in life – the few and the proud – and rightly so.

    But here we are – too many civilians dead in one go to ignore – and they had too many witnesses – couldn't shoot them all – so someone gets charged – he pleads guilty and gets a cut in pay. Probably not gonna advance very far after this but at least they didn't turf him outright. He can still smile and call himself a Marine.

    According to the testimony the incident took place over 45 minutes and involved 3 houses – they had some time to think. Just the cost of doing business I guess some would say.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • sweatbreaker

      I cant figure out if you are a cynic, or just think that civilian lives are a fair trade in the cost of doing business.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • BinDere

        I am resigned to the obvious – we need to swallow a certain amount of our honor regarding the actions of a small number of people every time there is a war. Putting on a uniform doesn't make you more or less human that you were to begin with.

        Most serve with honor and we painfully grudge and procrastinate our way to the pulpit of moral choice every time we have an "incident".

        We hope for better and coast along as if all is well "over there" but as the testimony and investigation showed – the marines knew they had a problem. Even one of their own, Sergeant De la Cruz testified that he saw the accused shoot five Iraqis who were attempting to surrender.

        A Marine accusing a Marine – now what do we do?

        Thats an easy one – tested and proven to work every time. We get him to plead guilty, get it over with quickly and hopefully it will all be forgotten as the next Hollywood or sports scandal story captivates our attention.

        January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Dana

      Ben-Dear he said she said one mans point of view. With this Mexican I would be inclined to dismiss his testimony, as hearsay.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  13. Dzadja

    Does anybody know the difference between the wars we have won and the ones we have lost/losing? News media and the internet is the correct answer. Wars are savage and good kids (I am 51 and did my time) are brought down to their most intense instincts. I am not glad for this US Marine because of what he has gone through after the action/actions he has been in and how he is being displayed now. I am happy though for having VOLUNTEER Marines, Sailers, Airman, and Soldiers to fight.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • The War Criminal General Sherman

      "We"....haven't "won" anything since 1945. And no, Grenada doesn't count.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • BinDere

        Sure we won a big one ..... the cold war. Without directly firing a shot – at least not officially at the Russies. We do one thing very well here in Amerika – we know how to outspend the other guy. Surely thats what it takes to win – right?

        January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Jon

        Hear Hear!!

        January 25, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  14. rmbrown

    i support our military. always have. i also come from a very big military family but this is pure bulls#!t! yes i understand the difficulties of deployment and combat (more so than most) but killing anyone for "fun" and only getting a slap on the wrist is only telling idiots you can kill and brag about getting away with it if you wear a uniform. bull. i don't care who you are if you kill some unprovoked you should be prosecuted. so does that mean our soldiers are "allowed" to go on murder sprees anywhere including the us just because they want to? civilians get punished for their crimes so wouldn't anyone in uniform (including officers and others that may abuse their privilege)? this is just sheer power abuse. NO ONE is above the law ever. not the police, not politicians, not military, not civilians. NO ONE. everyone should be prosecuted fairly and justly regardless of profession or income. oh if only we lived in such a fair world...

    January 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • robroy

      well said rmbrown,myself and the rest of the civilized world applaud you and your family,your a man of dignity and morals and if there were more soldiers like you, there'd be a lot less incidents like this.THANK YOU

      January 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  15. 5ennis

    Kikes? When all else fails blame the Jews! Your ignorance is negates your opinion,
    Get off the couch, take your hand off the beer can,remove your hand from your shorts,get in your car parked on the front lawn and drive into a wall. XOXOXO

    January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  16. Acebravo

    WOW, proven guilty and let go...are you people serious about ending terrorism?

    January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  17. guntown tiger

    until you've been there, you have no perspective!??! if you know the answer then by all means, pick up your weapon & stand a post!! otherwise you are just postulating about something you cannot comprehend. everyone's a critic until the grenades start going off and your buddies laying there blown up!!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • goober

      yawn......this is an excuse for acting without honor. Sad.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Declawer of Wimpy Cats

      So "guntown tiger," how many grenades were thrown your way and how many of your buddies were killed? None and none? Because you're a poser, right? Lots of CNN discussion courage you show, Chairborne Ranger! The stress of combat and loss of comrades is a really pathetic excuse for war crimes. Hundreds of thousands of Americans saw combat in A-stan and Iraq, and saw thousands of US troops die, and 99.999% of them did not feel the need to cope with stress by murdering women and children... some felt it necessary to PROTECT Iraqi women and children from terrorists. What was it that gave these thugs a pass? A flag on their shoulder? A uniform? The fact that their victims had strange names and lived in a strange place with strange customs, so they don't count? I know you won't be convinced otherwise, Miss Tiger, but someone has to stand up to people like you.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      murder is murder. And tis war is illigal and we are in the wrong. We the american government/milatary are the terrorists. They are behind every single terror attack on the US for the past 20 years. We invented Al-Quada, we trained OBL, funded him and let him go. We should not be at war in the middle east. It is an illigal war for oil, and we are so stupid that we didnt even get that.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  18. BinDere

    For once the armchair Generals are right. Make a mistake on one or two and you have an excuse. Drop a JDAM on a building and take out a couple dozen in one go, understandable. But kill 24 in an action that spanned over some time and someone had time to think. This is hard to see as anything other than deliberate after the first few.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Kenny Kiklar

      "...and someone had time to think."

      Precisely. This is willful and premeditated murder.

      Hey, I want Al Qaeda and the insurgents removed too. But our soldiers killing civilians does nothing but turn the U.S. into the bad guy in the eyes of the world. Foolish move.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      Whose to say that maybe one or more had and raised a weapon or one or more ran into the place or maybe one or more women fired upon them and ran and hid amongst the civilians shooting at the soldiers, Whose to say?

      January 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • dana is a tool

        shut up dana.....quit making excuses for atrocities..act with a little honor.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
      • Dana

        Dana we can spar all you want ,they did to us we did to them tit for tat. You maybe but I for sure have never experienced that kind oh hell. The closest I can equate that feeling to is jail. I did what I needed to do to come out whole.

        January 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • Declawer of Wimpy Cats

        who is to say... uh... how about the Marine witneeses who said that the women and children and the old man in the wheelchair didn't brandish a weapon or act hostile?

        January 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
      • Jon

        Yeah, what about em eh pauncha?

        January 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  19. SkiOne

    I support our troops but I just don't thinks it OK for them to go all willy nilly, there is a code of conduct and they should be punished if they don't adhere to it.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      Hypocrite, you and your troops can support each other in the gates of hell, make sure you tell St. Peter how much you love your troops

      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • evolutionist

        there is no God or god....the greatest fairy tale ever told.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
      • Kenny Kiklar

        Yeah, "evolutionist" who is posting here is the highest power in the universe... a supreme and infallible being. All hail! ROFL.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • evolutionist

      @kenny...

      yep I am..now bow before me redneck scum (accidental discharge...moron.)

      January 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
      • Kenny Kiklar

        "Redneck scum." Nice assumption. I live in a major metropolitan area and have a university degree. But again, seeing as you are the omniscient being in this conversation, I'll defer to your highness.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • Kenny Kiklar

        Also, I'd like to suggest working a bit on improving your capitalization, punctuation and sentence structure. You seem to be sorely lacking in that area. For such a brilliant and independent mind, your writing skills certainly leave much to be desired.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • evolutionist

        @kenny...

        don't play with guns...a diploma just means you're in debt...class is starting...gotta run (yep I'm working on my Masters)

        January 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • mickey1313

        to kenny, I bet he figured that you were a redneck, because anyone with a degree who is a thiest is a f-ing fool, so sad you read books, you learn facts, and you still stick with the dumbest story ever told (the bible) thiests should all inlist in the army, then maybe they could all be killed off in the middle east.

        January 25, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  20. guntown tiger

    did everyone forget about the planes flying into the twin towers & the pentagon 10 years ago!?!?! do you remember how that made you feel?!?!?

    January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Kenny Kiklar

      Yeah, and that was an attack on civilians, which is precisely what we're talking about in this news story too!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • The War Criminal General Sherman

      Am still waiting to invade Saudi Arabia.

      January 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      Ya my very first thought was "wow, bush/cheny sure did get what they wanted". look up the report from a new american century witht he 2 towers in the crosshairs, and then look at the authors, cheny, rumsfield, ashcroft, wolf, pearl ect. THe american government was 100% behind 9/11. There is no evidance to suport there claims, and all of the evidance leans tward a plot that the government had to at leat know about, and more likely directly took part in.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:45 am | Reply
  21. Kenny Kiklar

    Fascinating. Someone can kill 24 people and not have any repercussions, yet I am now a felon because of the accidental discharge of a firearm within city limits (in my home), which injured no one. Justice? Never heard of it.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      You must of had a P.D., sorry.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • Kenny Kiklar

        I'm assuming you mean a public defender. You are correct. I have no prior record, and have been an upstanding citizen in my community for decades. The more time that goes by the more I have learned that as long as you have enough money (i.e. can buy a high priced lawyer), you can get away with anything. The rest of us will get hanged for jaywalking.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Dana

        Kenny I just got back if you have a felony not knowing the circumstance bummer mine was reckless endangerment for discharging a gun in a residence, a misdemeanor,sorry.

        January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • spikemanlou

      Why are you firing off a gun in city limits, was that city Bagdhad? Or were you hunting owls, what an idiot, have you heard of people being killed by morons like you shooting off guns in city limits as a celebration. That is why we need stricter gun control laws so numbskulls like you can't get ahold of them. Also if you want to shoot guns off all willy nilly then go join the military. Oh sorry, you can't because you are a convicted felon.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Kenny Kiklar

        I take it you can't read so well. Apparently the word "accidental" in my original post is confusing to you. May I suggest a dictionary to help you with the "big" words?

        January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  22. Bob

    The real problem is that this war was started in the first place. If Bush & Cheney had not lied about WMDs we would not have gone to Iraq. Bush & Cheney are the ones who should be facing trial and imprisonment for war crimes, for the tens of thousands of dead Iraqis.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • michael

      What about our dead soldiers?

      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • Martin

      Your so stupid your hair hurts Bob! Bush and Cheney never liedd you moron. Every legitmitae government in the world stated they had wmd's including Saddam. Does the truth matter to a liberal? Obviously reality isnt your strong suite. Libtard idiot

      January 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • goober

        so where is your proof ? oh yeah, they.re invisble, just like your morals

        January 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • mickey1313

      that is why THEY MUST STAY IN THE US. Both cheny and bush will be arested in almost any country and charged with warcrimes if they leave. But the chickens**t US government will not extradidte them out of country. Hopefully they will mess up and leave the country thinking they are in seceret and then get busted, they need to hang.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
  23. wylie

    So how many of you armchair Generals condemning this soldier have ever volunteered to wear the uniform and been in combat where your comrades are actually dying by being attacked from all sides by civilians??? I suspect most of you are posting your comments from a warm Starbucks surrounded by scarf wearing metro-sexuals...

    January 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • evolutionist

      cliche response from a knuckle-dragger...don't fear evolution...embrace it.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
      • wylie

        evolutionist...walk a mile in their shoes before you judge them. It's soooo wasy to be pompous. Ehh?

        January 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Bob

      Why can't you just stick to your point without name calling?

      January 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Erik

      i could not agree more, well said.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • Erik

        Let me be clear. I could not agree more with what wylie said.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • evolutionist

      WASY? slow down and think before you type...Vet talking here...what's your story?

      January 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • michael

        Vet? Yeah, right. Good one.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • wylie

        evolutuionist: Wow! Resorting to spell checking to discount an argument. Is that the best that you can come up with??? "w" is right there next to the "e". Yeh. My bad...

        January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • frank

      I have worn the uniform. When acts like this happen, it reflects badly against all service men and women. These guys are just murderers.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • someMetro

      It's also real easy to cover up mistakes by saying 'hey you weren't there man, you don't know'. I don't know the specifics of this case and can't judge either way. However just because someone hasn't served does not mean they can't say they disagree with something the military has done. That's what this country is about, that's what our military is supposed to be defending. Get used to whiners man, this is america, ppl can say what they want.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • wylie is a tool

      Poor wylie, with his empty cluebag.
      What is the point of protecting freedoms if tough guys like you disdain the freedom of thought?
      Sadly, you cant see the difference between supporting our troops and not condoning atrocities. Guys like you are a disgrace.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • wylie

        wylie is a tool: So who's being a tough guy? It seems the best that you can come up with is personal attacks. Not very constructive or convincing. Talk about an empty tool bag...

        January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • mickey1313

      when you sign up to take money for killing, you are an assassin not a soulder. Our military along with every single contract killer from Blackwater and the like, they are all assassins and anyone who "suports" them is suporting murders and thieves. Remember the UN said no to this war. Every soulder who has fired a weapon in Iraq are warcriminals and should be hanged.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
  24. Ben James

    Over 2,000,000 innocent civilian men, women and children dead at our hand in Iraq and Afghanistan. The USA sure sets a poor example. Sure hope no one treats us like we treat the rest of the world.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Tracy

      Please!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • HD

      And you've done what for the country you can so quickly condemn? You'd be better off on the other side that you're so quick to rally around.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        I have a job that actually saves human lives, unlike the murdering soulders. I mix IV medication to suply skilled nurseing facilities. Without real men like me the elderly of this nation would die. But at least we can get stupid white men to take tax payer money to go to Iraq and murder innocent people. We are not an empire, we have no authority to nation-build.

        January 25, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • To HD

      I served and from what I understand those figures are probably close. But why do you think you have to serve to criticize the wars?

      January 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      Ben are you that stupid? Do you watch the news? CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC any of these ring a bell? Cause if you did you would make sure your children will never see your post as a normal human should be really ashamed that kind of thinking can possibly be put onto paper using English words.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Martin

      you are stooopid!

      January 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Matthew

      @ Ben James – I too really wish the rest of the world would treat us as we treat them sometimes. That way, there would be hundreds of billions of dollars in aid coming INTO our country instead of leaving it.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  25. Sara

    War's not pretty people. I could not agree more with Ron! And yes although not always in good taste, this is what happens in war. Support your troops and shut your judgmental traps.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      I'm not supporting that bunch of murderers you call "troops". They're not "defending freedom", they're bullying other countries for their resources to support corporate greed and political power.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
      • TO JOE

        and can you please tell me what resorces Ahghanistan has because from my understanding all they have is coal and thats way north and we wouldn't be in Iraq if people like you didn't vote idiots into office so just sit back down and cry yourself to sleep might as well its not you you've done this country good

        January 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • evolutionist

      umm no thanks...the world will be a better place when you choke on your Twinkies while watching Jersey Shore

      January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Don

      You are spot on. Remember the phrase, "war is hell". How can someone sit back and judge somone going through what they do. God bless our soldiers.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      I voted against the fools who started this war. But remember, just like the politicians, the "troops" are employees of the citizens of the US, not the other way around. They must earn respect, you do not get free respect for murder.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  26. Wade stem

    why don't you go over there and fix everything and take your sons if you have any.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  27. another kike murderer walks free

    and uwodner why people llike me gain whole new respect for hitler. kill all kikes

    January 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Wade stem

      Why do't you go and also and fix everything. you seam brave. Mr No Balls

      January 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • another kike murderer walks free

      when i start fixing stuff there will be many dead kikes. thats for sure, soon there will be civil war in usa and kikes will get it.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • TO JOE

        go back to china and get killed by the government there you oviously don't belong here

        January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  28. Bill

    Too bad we really don't know the whole truth to this story. But the fact is these folks are used to a violent life and death so don't get too upset over this kind of stuff. These people do hangings, stonings and beheadings like we do weekend family BBQ's and they love it...doubtful they want to change, either . Let's keep this in perspective; after all it's called "war" remember? Good we got out of there and we need to learn to let these primitive cultures to work out their own problems.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  29. vet

    war is hell on earth.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  30. Pasha Utt

    The justice system may have let them slip by but Allah will deal with them. Their incorrect action will catch
    up to them just as any man's incorrectness does.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Luigi

      Do you speak for God?

      January 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Tracy

      Funny Pasha! Tell us infidels another one!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Sandy

      Agree We all pay for our actions in some fashion. I do not judge, but there is judgement. Karma – whatever. War crimes are still crimes. Saying the other guy is just as bad begs the question. And diminishes the greatness of the 99% who perform admirably with honor and ethics.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      All thiests are f-ing stupid.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  31. Embarrassed

    This is embarrassing. This man should have served at least 15 years.
    What a joke.
    This man is a disgrace to the US military and I will not support a solider who kills for fun.
    I support our military, but this man should not even get the right to call himself a solider or a veteran.
    – embarrassed to call this man an American.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      Why don't you re-enlist and show them how it's done. Stay for three or more tours "IN COMBAT" and come back to write about your feelings, tell then Shut Up !!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • evolutionist

        blah blah blah...I've been to war and still oppose it..this "war" is a product of OUR creation.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • Jordan

        @ dana: What do u think u can achieve by wasting precious time here?

        This guy, at least went and tried serving, or just had a lunacy of fun.

        others make valid and logical points. all you're doing is BLAH BLAH BLAH PERSONAL ATTACKS.

        I have a hunch u r bored at work, or drunk and chilling somewhere. no healthy, normal or sober person does what you do according to my experience. oh wait, the crazy right wingers do. but who considers them normal or sober? lol

        January 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • Jordan

        also, everyone who is not attacking baselessly here is simply practicing one of those damned rights you and your mates claim to go fight and die for.... have some respect cuz otherwise u r just a cold blooded killer for hire who doesn't give a 2 rats about what he/she kills or dies for as he/she has no respect for such supposed excuses as OUR RIGHTS & FREEDOMS based on these comments.

        I reckon u have served 3 tours or have close family or friends who have. if they served for protecting our freedoms and our rights. they will know they have to respect the right regardless of what agenda or opinion it is used by, so long as it is not illegal speech.

        its freedom of speech, so plz stfu, and quit telling the rest of us civilians what rights we have and we dont. we well know our rights and we do our part to help and appreciate those who actually go to ANY LENGTH to protect our freedoms and rights. stfu and quit telling us stfu.

        some people... its like theres no middle. ppl r either lefty lefty or crazy righty. u either have to be a pacifist or a warmonger who says our troops are angels at all costs.... where are the normal people anymore? these comments make me sick day after day. to the point that CNN now = FOX = any other news outlet based on comments. its just the crazies. its like only the crazies of both sides pay the darnedest attention to any news....

        January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Hesguilty

      I totally agree.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
      • GI Bubba

        I've done two tours, including one before and through the "surge" when things were as bad as they ever were, and I still find what these guys did to be abhorrent. They were wrong, they knew they were wrong, their superiors knew they were wrong. Simple as that.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  32. Dana

    It's about time the military backs up their personal. War is hell, so they tell me.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Wade stem

      Thank you Dana

      January 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  33. Dennis1020

    When enemy soldiers, whether the Vietcong in my war or Iraqi/Taliban insurgents in the current wars, dress in civilian clothing and are sheltered by the locals, you are going to have rightfully nervous fingers on the trigger and "innocents" are going to get killed or wounded. It's unfortunate, but a fact of life.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • evolutionist

      pure propaganda.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  34. KrisFromPA

    The 24 Iraqis killed were women and children. They were shot while huddles, cowering in fear inside their domiciles. Jesus H. Christ! There is no excusing that. I repeat; there is no excusing that. Don't give me this baloney about first having to serve in combat. The overwhelming majority of servicemen who participate in combat and experience having their brothers in arms killed or maimed do not kill women and children as these fellas did. Excusing this behavior is disgraceful and unbecoming our great military and dishonors those service men who do not kill women and children.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Me

      I take it from your response that you were there? You seem to know many details involving these acts, and the emotional/mental states of those involved.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Tpart

      Were you there watching him when he did it? Because if you weren't then you shouldn't be putting detail on the story!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Jordan

      i bet these guys were trained on "Call of Duty" kids who thought war is just as fun... shooting ,ammo and life for them were as priceless as a game-reset. period.

      if they were true soldiers, they would have kept the calmest they could. not start spraying anything and anyone just as they came under fire.

      and for those who say military should support its hell-stricken personnel:
      # 1: they all (at least nowadays) SIGN UP, VOLUNTEER
      # 2: they are at least promised and quite often given worthy benefits from the rest of us working people's tax money, so like or not, we all support our troops, without us, there would not have been a thing called military budget
      # 3: That argument is AS STUPID as those who say COPS SHOULD COVER FOR COP CRIMES.... and that my friend, in and of itself is a crime if caught and exposed by caring citizens or officers or officials.
      # 4: Thus, u have no ground, u stand upon just empty and high emotions. u r easily flushed and defused. i just did it.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  35. evolutionist

    do as I say..not as I do

    January 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  36. snowdogg

    This ruling makes me want to puke!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      You make us Puke, puke.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        I served you are an idiot.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • TO JOE

        i served to and i agree with you Dana because i'm not a POG that sits around doing nothing to disagree with you * high five*

        January 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
      • Jordan

        dana, why dont u go and puke yourself in the head? your world seems utterly dismal. Thank the Lord most of America does not think the way you do.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Wde

      Why don't you go over and fix everything with your sons

      January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Wade stem

      You are a puke. Bet you do nothing for this country you love. Pig

      January 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        Wade- Bet you have not done anything yourself. Those with the biggest mouths do the least. It is not right if we do it or someone does it to our boys.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Jordan

        every fucking person who pays his/her taxes DOES HIS/HER part for this country

        MILITARY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO SERVE in that particular way.

        every person who contributes positively to the economy of this country is doing something for the country.

        contribution is not only in the form of wounds, beatings, bullets, deaths and military terms u retarded moron.

        if we didnt have these wars so many moron losers like you would have absolutely no life. wait, u still probably dont have one. no disrespect to other troops, but if u go to military simply bcuz u cant/dont do anything else at the time or have no better plans, by all means you are going to be a fucking burden after that point if u cant keep a military career, even then, so many homeless vets who have NO OTHER SKILLS but to shoot and kill. probably not even that good at that, cuz if they were, USMIL would have kept them and promoted them.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  37. harrisonhits2

    Wow talk about a whitewash and double standard. And people wonder why America is hated so much around the world.

    And Ron, while I was certainly outraged about about what happened in Mogadishu, I have zero pity for the Blackwater scumbags who where there by there own choice and getting paid massively more than our troops were to facilitate Bush and Cheney's treasonous lie of a war.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  38. Angry

    The article should have said something more like: 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians.

    This makes me sick, and deeply ashamed of my country.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • HD

      Then please leave. You have that right.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • Angry

        Nope.

        January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • Jordan

        how about we make u leave HD. i want to be able to say that to every fudging fudge like u one day. i wanna see an america that is peaceful, not filled with crazy religious nutjobs thinking of kingdom come every waking morning.

        I want to be able to say to you, GET OUT if u dont like people who can toke, drink and have a lil fun. people who may want no wars, ppl who may want their children become something other than soldiers in this life.

        one day my friend that is very possible. not too soon, but soon enough i think i will be able to say that

        but i will never. bcuz that day, u will suffer being here more and suggesting u get, ur sellout ass may well do. but my ass always stays here, regardless of who is in power, who runs their mouth, whats the agenda of the day, who is killing who, unless of course US govt goes down, in which case god help us all.

        i dont like it. i will not go anywhere and i will speak my mind. have a problem? cry me a river but im right here in your face. will always be. have probelm? why dont YOU GET OUT. u dont deserve freedom of speech. u deserve UTOPIA AKA SAUDI ARABIA AKA ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN AKA NORTH KOREA.

        where all the voices, all colors and all people are in utter harmony about everything... and they all love their military men... they call each dead soldier a martyr, they name streets and alleys and squares after them and if u speak anything against them, god help u!!! thats what u actually are asking for in America... think about it, a christian militaristic version of saudi type of society/govt....

        January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  39. i jizz on usa

    may his mother get raped by wild boar

    January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • HD

      And you're funny how? If you "jizz on USA"', please get your pathetic ass on the "other side" and express your views from there.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
      • Jordan

        i wont, even he does. i will pathetically impose my views right on your eyes and ears. cuz i can. cuz they are PROTECTED by law. by hundreds of thousands of lives given to protect them throughout our history.

        u r the only person who is on the "other side", technically speaking as i explained earlier to you. but i bet u r so intolerant, u cannot and did not even read through the entire message i left u without grinding those teeth or raising that blood pressure or getting sick, nervy smile on your face. wait, check your heartrate, is it not banging a lil harder and faster now?

        January 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  40. AgrippaMT

    The military's handling of the Haditha Marine murders are a truly obscene miscarriage of justice and law. It's obvious the Pentagon only pays lip service to its many condemnations of atrocities and war crimes committed by our ill-trained and poorly educated troops.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  41. b in fl

    GOOD!!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  42. J-Man

    The Marines started under fire. I don't think the public should cast an opinion without first serving in combat and having all of the facts. The Iraqi insurgents blend in with civilians and create a very stressful situation where you don't know who your enemy is.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Joshua Ludd

      I don't need to serve in combat to know outright murder when I see it. They killed men, women, and even children.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
      • James

        Those who founded this country also killed women and children. Women and children die in EVERY war. Please, stop stating the obvious. If you're so against it, do something about it. Of course, you won't. None of you will. You will just sit there and post idiotic and obvious statements to websites. Oh wait. I resemble that remark. Doh!

        January 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • Wade stem

        Combat is murder fool

        January 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Sushil

      These Marines should able to handle all war's stressful situations thats why they are Marines not people like us are Marines.If they are not able to handle these things they what is the point to have them in Marines.. these peoples are murders.. Even a kid can shoot unarmed people like these coward did and for that he will not need any training. If they are so scared about their life then why don't they just do some other less risky job... The funny part of the story is Marines says they are clearing insurgents Haaa Haaaa Haaa.. they themself are doing insurgent's things and claiming in other way.. killing unarmed innocent civialns... shame on these people.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  43. marialt

    I'm glad it's over and hope he can put this behind him. He didn't deserve to do any time anyway. God bless him and his family.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  44. Well

    Good!!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  45. Ron

    I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

    “All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

    “The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

    “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

    January 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Joshua Ludd

      Actually, just because you don't recall it doesn't mean it didn't exist. And since you seem to have not been keeping score, we are supposed to be the "good guys" here. Good guys don't murder civilians including children and old men in wheel chairs. You don't get to do the same things your enemy does if you are trying to condemn your enemy for doing them in the first place.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • evolutionist

        well said.

        January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Jordan

        amen. sometimes i feel a lot of soldiers need to take extended tours in saudi. get to socialize, get to know what wrong thinking is.... there are no wrong schools of culture or thought, there are just fudged up ways of thinking.

        believe me, there is fd up islam, fd up nationalism ,fd up christianity, fd up judaism, fd up hinduism, u name it... if u think fd up, u can take the great US of A, our second to none constitution and our rights and freedoms and turn it into the same exact system as islamic republic of iran, albeit with christian and western values yet through the same forcible methods as theirs

        January 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • evolutionist

      hey knuckle-dragger...go back to your cave...the "war" you speak of was caused by US...P.S. I'm a Veteran.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Manny

      Hey Ron, you sure you said what you typed up there. Give credit to the real person who said what you typed. You know who I'm talking about and the Congressman wasn't even talking about the Haditha incident but the US Marines in Afghanistan who were videotaped pissing on Taliban dead.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • cplblood

      you post exactly the same message for everything...you said the same thing about those marines caught pis**ng on afghanis...shame on you and shut your hole!

      January 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Erik

      FACT

      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply

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