I just have to laugh when I read a letter like the Wednesday one, “Be thankful for the Marine Corps.” The writer apparently has watched “A Few Good Men” too many times. He mentions the previous writer needs to get her facts straight. Well, let’s see, what are the facts as I have read them? Marines kill innocent Iraqis (not combatants), they said they knew what they where doing was wrong. Oh, yeah, and they tried to cover it up. Now, since they are Marines, young and in war we should accept the fact that these things happen.
The writer mentions if the Marines thought he was guilty or brought discredit on the USMC he wouldn’t be out of confinement. Apparently he doesn’t have his facts straight. Pennington took a deal to save his butt. Nobody takes a plea deal unless they are gulity and if there is so much evidence that they feel they can’t win at trial. Sorry, but they are probably gulity. Wasn’t it his father who said he took a plea deal because he could not win at trial? Wasn’t it his father who said, “They knew what they did was wrong”? His father likes to say, well, we are not sure what happened that night, because some things are still cassified. Well, there is one person who knows and it is his son. Unfortunately we will never know the truth.
There are accidents that happen in war. Hurting or killing people just because you’re angry is not considered an accident. Stop making accuses for the men. They screwed up and should not be allowed to wear the uniform.