In defending a Navy Seal accused of premeditated murder Rep. Duncan Hunter claims his unit “killed probably hundreds of civilians.”

By |2019-06-03T08:20:59-08:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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. 

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4 Comments

  1. Anon June 3, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    OT “You argue in an op-ed for The Washington Post that the use of a suppressor in this shooting — quote — “threatens to upend how we understand and train for how active shooter cases in the future.”
    “to understand what a suppressor does, we commonly understand it as a silencer. It doesn’t actually silence. It reduces the decibel level anywhere from 20 to 35 millimeters, and — and it distorts where the gunshot may be coming from.” “The assailant in this case clearly spent some time trying to get a suppressor. And you have to wonder why.” – “he reason why I wrote that piece is, as there is political movement to make the ability to get suppressors easier for the American public and the American gun-owning public, it is worth those who oppose it knowing one of the impacts is going to be in our capacity to respond.” – “right now, about 42 states allow it. It is regulated under the National Fire Firearms Act.

    As recently as about a year-and-a-half ago, there was a movement on the Hill to actually reduce some of those standards, or at least lower some of those standards for background checks. That should absolutely not happen. And I think, because you have House Democrats pushing against it now, it probably won’t.” – “here is actually a correlation between gun permissiveness and murders.”

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-makes-the-virginia-beach-shooting-different-from-other-massacres

  2. Bombs away! June 4, 2019 at 8:22 am

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176571/

    Its reality for various foreign peoples: a steady diet of “Made in USA” bombs and missiles bursting here, there, and everywhere. The question is: What’s driving this process?

    U.S. air campaigns today, deadly as they are, pale in comparison to past ones like the Tokyo firebombing of 1945, which killed more than 100,000 civilians; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki later that year (roughly 250,000); the death toll against German civilians in World War II (at least 600,000); or civilians in the Vietnam War. (Estimates vary, but when napalm and the long-term effects of cluster munitions and defoliants like Agent Orange are added to conventional high-explosive bombs, the death toll in Southeast Asia may well have exceeded one million.)

  3. puck June 4, 2019 at 8:42 am

    how does being in war and killing justify premeditated murder?

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