It seems they got a few of their facts wrong, and "regret the error(s)". I'll bet they do. It makes any reasonable person wonder about the veracity of the original story's claims.
In other words, is this just another "fake, but accurate" media event, designed to manipulate people into the "correct" mindset about the U.S. military? We all know that the left wants us to believe that our military are no better--and even much worse-- than the terrorists we fight.
I have witheld judgement about Haditha while all the facts were investigated, because in this country we hold people innocent until proven guilty; and NOT innocent until accused. I will withold final judgement about this; but my psychiatric instincts are tingling--primarily because the same kind of projection and paranoia that motivated the principals in the TANG memo case; in the Plame case; and in the dozens of other hyperbolic and histrionic news articles since; could very well be behind this one.
They all have the same underlying goal: to undermine America.
There is no question that the more despicable members of the left would willingly lie, distort, and manipulate to further their totalitarian agenda. We have seen this kind of manipulation by the press in their coverage of the Palestinians, who are regularly given a pass by the gullible leftist newsmedia when they stage the news; and whose suicide bombings that deliberately murder innocents are given moral equivalence to Israel's targeting of specific terrorists.
Let's face the truth. By and large, the News media desperately want Bush to fail; they want the military to fail-- in Iraq and everywhere; and they desperately want America to be brought to its knees.
And, when I talk about projection and paranoia--here is perfect example of how the left dismisses anything (even the implications of the "regrettable" Time errors) in their rush to assuming the worse.
The kerning of Haditha
Wow. These people are desperate.
The sum and substance of this thumbnail sketch on the Haditha claims is that it follows so closely the template for the TANG and Plame stories. Take a reporter with an anti-Administration agenda, an interested group (think of the Mashhadanis as the VIPS in the Plame case or Burkett and Lucy Ramirez in the TANG case) and a story too good to be checked and circumstances where the people attacked are limited in what they can quickly respond to and you get a story which smells to me like it will soon be unraveled.
Of course, they fail to mention that Bush did skip out on his TANG obligation regardless of the memo, an indictment was handed down against Scooter Libby and soon to be others, and the Pentagon does seem to believe Marines went wild at Haditha.
For the Right Wing, every scandal has a grassy knoll conspiracy theory.
Two points: first, this is the usual leftist BS regarding the TANG issue; still claiming the "fake, but accurate" meme and insisting that Bush skipped out on his ANG service, despite the fact that this has been disproved repeatedly. The author also conveniently "forgets" that the Libby indictment is NOT for outing madame Plame; and he seems to mysteriously "know" that indictments will soon be coming down against others. Apparently, not only does this blogger have inside information about Fitzgerald's case; he has inside information about what the Pentagon happens to believe--even as they are carefully investigating the Haditha allegations.! Truly amazing!
Second, this blogger is aware of all the same information that I am about Haditha, yet he is willing to not only assume the worse about the US and its military forces; he actually glories in the possibility. How else could one interpret his automatic assumption of guilt on the part of the Marines in Haditha; and his flippant remarks about their alleged behavior?
I suppose I can be accused of being willing to wait until all the facts are in (again, this is called "presuming innocence until proven guilty" in our society). I am hardly "desperate" to see the Marines exonerated; but a great case can be made that Tbogg--and others like him--are desperate to see the Marines convicted (even before the facts are out) because it will "prove" to them that their beliefs --about Bush, the military, and America--are justified.
The only thing I am "desperate" for in Haditha is justice. Justice for the victims who were killed, and justice for the Marines who are accused. If any Marines are found guilty of committing atrocities, then I will be among the loudest demanding their punishment.
Because, you see, I believe in the American values of truth and justice; and in the fundamental morality of our military personnel and their mission; and I will always stand against those who willfully debase those values--whether they are individuals within the military who behave unconscionably; or whether they are "somewhat popular" bloggers who allow their BDS overcome any good sense they might possess.
UPDATE: AJ Strata uncovers more details as the Time Haditha story unravels;