Why was last November’s massacre by U.S. Marines of “as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians…at Haditha, a city in the Anbar province of western Iraq,” covered up? Among the murdered: old people, taxicab passengers, women and children.
Representative John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania and former Marine, said last weekend: “Who covered it up, why did they cover it up, why did they wait so long?…We don’t know how far it goes. It goes right up the chain of command.” Describing George W. Bush’s bloody misadventure in Iraq, the congressman said: “[W]e’re set back every time something like this happens. This is worse than Abu Ghraib.”