Haditha: Wuterich sues Murtha for defamation (Update: Source says NCIS probe points toward deliberate killings) (Murtha responds)

Go ahead and add libel to the repertoire of funny/creative ways anti-war types support the troops:

“This case is not about money; it’s about clearing Frank Wuterich’s name, and part of that is to identify where these leaks are coming from,” [Wuterich’s lawyer] said in an interview. “Congressman Murtha has created this atmosphere that has already concluded guilt. He’s created this environment that really smells, and he’s the only one who has done that.”

Why is this woman smiling?


Because now she’s only going to lose by 15 points instead of 20.

Update: An unnamed Pentagon official told the AP this morning that NCIS thinks the killings were deliberate. Is Wuterich’s lawsuit a way to distract attention from that? Or is the leak a way to distract attention from Wuterich’s lawsuit?

I don’t want to draw rolled eyes. But think about it.

Update: Murtha answers Wuterich the way leftists always answer soldiers — with feigned sympathy and exquisite condescension:

I don’t blame the staff sergeant for lashing out. When I spoke up about Haditha, my intention was to draw attention to the horrendous pressure put on our troops in Iraq and to the cover-up of the incident.

This is a guy he’s accused of murdering children, yet he still can’t muster enough regard for his moral agency to respond with anger. Amazing.

He should have ignored his rank in the statement and just referred to him as “cannon fodder.”