Haditha Marine Acted Within Marine Corps Standards

One of the four Marines charged with “executing” three iraqi brothers in Haditha have had all charges dropped.

The 2005 charges against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt were dropped by commander of Marine Force Central Command, Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, because

Sharratt acted within Marine Corps standards when forced to make a quick decision while searching a house for insurgents

Sharratt’s attorneys, Gary Myers and James Culp, said Mattis cited in a letter to Sharratt the extreme demands placed upon troops in insurgency warfare.

War Folks, it isn’t always nice, you have your life on the line and you make split second decisions that determine your fate as well as the fate of you squad. Sometimes those choice are right, sometimes wrong, but you are the one that has to live with them. This soldier in acted as a soldier should, he defended himself and his comrades. 

Justin Sharratt, a veteran of heavy fighting in the city of Fallouja in 2004, was accused of murdering the Iraqis inside a small house after a roadside bomb killed one Marine and injured two. Relatives of the brothers told Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents that Sharratt had herded the three into a bedroom and executed them.

But defense lawyers said the relatives were lying, that Sharratt was searching a house for insurgents when he was confronted by a man pointing an AK-47 at him. The three brothers were all killed by shots to the head with a 9-millimeter handgun.

The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, said the Iraqi accusations were not believable and that forensic evidence and sworn statements by other Marines supported Sharratt. Ware is an attorney.

Sharratt did not testify, but in an unsworn statement, he said he killed the three men in self-defense and used his handgun when his machine gun jammed.

Now here is the part the liberal media must be in an uproar over (bolding done for emphasis)

Ware, in recommending that Mattis drop the charges, said he feared that bringing Sharratt to court-martial would send the wrong message to Iraqis and Marines. Iraqis, he said, might begin making false accusations as a way to undercut public support for the U.S. military presence in Iraq. Marines also might hesitate at the critical moment when facing the enemy, Ware wrote to Mattis.

What the liberal media and human rights groups have been trying to strip away for our soldiers all along. They need to make decisions, with no time, lives at stake and they cannot hesitate, as that is their own death. This is why we need to protect our soldiers from the World Court and this is why we must investigate all sides, including our own soldiers recall of the events.

This is not only a win for Sharratt, but a win for all of the men and women in the battlefield.

In a separate motion he also dropped charges against Capt. Randy W. Stone, a lawyer. Mattis dismissed charges because

Stone’s “mistakes” in not pushing harder for an investigation did not amount to a crime.


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