It’s kind of weird to defend a murderer by saying, Hey, I’ve done much worse myself.”
Courtesy of CNN:
California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter said that as an artillery officer, his unit “killed probably hundreds of civilians” during his 2004 tour in Fallujah, Iraq.
During a Barstool Sports interview for a podcast that was released on Monday, Hunter defended his support of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL facing a premeditated murder charge in the stabbing death of an injured person in Iraq. President Donald Trump is considering pardoning Gallagher.
“I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians, if not scores, if not hundreds of civilians,” Hunter said. “Probably killed women and children, if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged, too?”
When pressed on a specific killing differing from collateral damage, Hunter argued that it was simply a matter of how people were killed.
Gallagher’s alleged victim “might have been killed in a way that you don’t personally agree with, because you say it’s against the laws of war,” Hunter said. “As opposed to artillery killing civilians, women and children, because it’s kind of indiscriminate in a way. It’s not a sniper weapon, right. Which is worse?”
Among the accusations against Gallagher are that he stabbed and killed a wounded person, shot at noncombatants, posed for a photo and performed his re-enlistment ceremony next to a corpse, according to a charge sheet from November. Lawyers in the courtroom said earlier this year that the male stabbing victim in question was an ISIS fighter, who witnesses told investigators appeared to be about 15.
Hunter is, of course, accurate that American forces essentially murdered hundreds of innocent Iraqi citizens indiscriminately during the beginning of the war.
However that is not something which the military typically admits to readily, and they certainly do not admit to it with the sense of pride that Rep. Hunter seems to feel.
It sounds to me as if Duncan Hunter is a bloodthirsty POS who feels that any crimes committed while engaged in military action for the United States should be excused as “collateral damage.”
The entire war was unjust and illegal and in my opinion, those who were sent there engaged in war crimes, and those who sent them there should be charged, tried, and executed.
Starting with Dick Cheney.