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O'Reilly: Marine Who Killed Iraqi in a Mosque Should Be Promoted

Reported by Marie Therese - May 6, 2005

The O'Reilly Factor, Talking Points memo. May 5, 2005.

O'Reilly: Fallujah Marine cleared of all wrong-doing. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

You may remember that The Factor went to bat for a young Marine captured on tape shooting an Iraqi combatant inside a mosque.

[Cut to: VIDEO CLIP of a young marine shooting a wounded Iraqi in a mosque.]

O'REILLY: I believe that tape demonstrated that that marine thought he and his squad were in danger and now an investigation has cleared him, quote:

"The corporal reasonably believed that [the wounded Iraqi] posed a hostile threat to him and his fellow marines and justifiably fired in self-defense. The enhanced videotape of the shooting supports the corporal's claim that the wounded [combatant] was concealing his left arm behind his head." - U.S. Marine Corps, May 4, 2005.

O'REILLY: Now, you can imagine what this marine and his family have been through. We're glad it's over for them. The difference between this program and some other media vehicles is that we give the benefit of the doubt to the military, which is fighting as you know a vicious war on terror. From the get-go I knew the marine didn't have an evil intent, that he was protecting himself and his squad. Just the day before that action, another marine in the unit was killed when the booby-trapped body of a dead Iraqi exploded.

Now, for those of you critical of the Fallujah marine, I say you're sadly misguided. The young man should be promoted for what he's been through.

Now, in another case, the Army private who pleaded guilty to abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib is getting another day in court. Lynndie England was about to accept her punishment when a judge stopped the case because England's superior, Charles Graner, also the father of her child, said he ordered Private England to do the things for which she is charged.

Now the case will resume shortly and England should be found guilty. She has shamed her country and the military. There's no excuse for what she did. The Fallujah marine was in combat making split-second, life-death decisions. Private England was messin' around in a prison, where she shouldn't have been in the first place.

All American soldiers must be responsible for what they do at all times. It's part of being granted the power to kill. If you want the stripes, ya' gotta act appropriately. It cannot be stated strongly enough that the American military has performed tremendously under very difficult circumstances. Of course, mistakes will be made, standards of behavior must be met. The Fallujah marine is to be respected. Private England, punished.


According to the Los Angeles Times report on this incident, the marine corporal killed THREE wounded Iraqis in Fallujah that day, not one, as FOX News and the rest of the America media would have you believe.

I watched the video clip twice in extreme slow-motion. The evidence that Mr. Bill finds so convincing just isn't there, at least not to my eyes. No way did the injured Iraqi move. And if you read the white-washing double-speak quoted above, all the Marine Corps is actually saying is that the "enhanced" video tape confirmed that the wounded man's left arm was under his head.

Well, apparently, in today's Iraq, that's enough to get you shot.

I am just speechless that any rational person would accept this verdict just because the military says it's so. But who really expected the Marine Corps to court martial a soldier for killing? Not when they're engaged in questionable recruiting practices. Seems a lot of young people are not very interested in dying for George Bush's glorious crusade against the marauding hordes of Moorish infidels.

And on the male chauvinism front, I find it revealing that Bill O'Reilly wants Lynndie England to go to jail for "bad behavior" while the marine should be promoted for killing three half-dead men.

Well, that just about sums it up, doesn't it?

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