O'Reilly's Marine Defense

Friday, November 19, 2004

Bill O'Reilly reiterates what we've been saying:

But the tape of the incident actually helps the Marine because you can clearly hear him yell to his squad, "He's (blanking) faking he's dead! He's (blanking) faking he's dead!" Then the soldier shoots. On the tape you can see the insurgent move before the soldier pulls the trigger.

One day earlier, another Marine in the same unit was killed by a booby trap which was strapped to a dead insurgent's body. The enemy in Iraq rejects all rules of warfare, and American troops know it. Iraqi insurgents and foreign terrorists routinely dress in civilian clothes, hide behind civilians while shooting, mount operations from inside Mosques, wear the uniforms of pro-American Iraqi police and National Guardsmen, attack civilians, and on and on and on.

But the so called "human rights" groups are all over the incident, calling it a "possible war crime." What a bunch of bull. The Marine made a decision that was reasonable. His own words before the fact clarified the danger he felt.

The war in Iraq as well as the war on terror is as ugly as it gets. Mistakes will be made. But this action is not one of them.
This is what I like about O'Reilly. He may not always be right or in touch with reality, but he's not afraid to speak his mind even if it goes against the status quo. I made the same points a few posts ago, and surprisingly most of the feedback -- comments and e-mail -- have been positive. That courageous Marine isn't going through this investigation alone.