Thursday, June 19, 2008

Remember Haditha?

(This isn't something I've been blogging about. Others, especially the crew at Black Five, have done a very comprehensive job. But I'm moved to post because this says something frightening about the state of our country.)

It seems that despite acquittals, dismissed charges and the facts, the Haditha witch hunt will continue on for a while longer. Yesterday, a Camp Pendleton military judge dismissed charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking officer to be accused in this politically-motivated feces-throwing incident. The word is that today Marine prosecutors announced that they will appeal the decision.

The good news is that Lt. Col. Chessani is considering suing that fat bastard Murtha. I hope he does, and I hope he wins. Murtha should be held to account for throwing Marines under the bus in his quest for political power.

It bothers the hell out of me that a politician threw members of our military to the sharks in an attempt to gain power. I know that they've done it before, and that they'll do it again. It seems to be the nature of politicians, at least of a certain stripe. They are so sure that they know how things should be run that they will stop at nothing in order to gain a position where they can see to it that their sick vision is made real. I don't like it, but I don't see any realistic way to stop it. We're stuck with having to deal with them, again and again, as they pop up.

But the simple fact that we have so many politicians like this is of greater concern. These people (using the term semi-loosely) have no moral compass--everything is based on expediency for them. They take the easy course, that path of least resistance, every time. In doing so, they slowly chip away at the foundations on which our country and our society are built. Someday, perhaps soon, enough of those foundations will be gone that everything built on them will collapse.

That, ladies and gentlemen, will be a distinctly unpleasant experience. I just hope some of us survive long enough to see to it that our "betters" get exactly what they so richly deserve.

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