FEW GOOD MEN" - THE GRUNTS OF INDIA
In the memorable movie "A Few Good Men," Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) shouts at wimpy Navy JAG Lt. Kendrick (Tom "couch jumper" Cruise): "You can't handle the truth!"
Let's hope the top brass of the Marine Corps can.
But the first signs are not good. The unfair and unwarranted relief of command of Capt. James Kimber (India Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment) shows a knee-jerk reaction that is disconcerting to combat vets everywhere.
This battle-tested Marine and his men are not accused of "killing" Iraqi civilians at Haditha. His company was "nowhere near" the scene of the alleged massacre, the officer told investigators.
That's a fact.
But Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski, regiment commander, disregarded that in sacking the captain, and - for all intents and purposes - ending his military career. Relief of command in wartime is the kiss of death. And in this case, it is undeserved.
Not only Kimber, but his brave Marines are tarred with a brush now being used to blacken the name of the USMC everywhere.
If the so-called "war crime" did take place, we at MilitaryCorruption.com hope those responsible will be punished accordingly.
But to destroy a Marine officer's life in a "political correctness" panic is not what we need or expect of senior officers like Natonski.
Unless absolute proof can be provided that Kimber and his courageous grunts committed war crimes, the captain and his men should be cleared of all innuendo and the shame that has been unfairly heaped upon them.