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November 24, 2009

Insanity: Three Navy SEALS Charged With Giving Terrorist A Bloody Lip

Not just any terrorist but a so-called High Value Target who was responsible for Kos' favorite murder of Blackwater employees in Fallujah back in '04.

The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

As an added bit of poetry, the three will be arraigned on, wait for it, December 7th.

Maybe there's more to it than this but a bloody lip? We are charging three American heroes with giving a terrorist responsible for the murders of four Americans a bloody lip?

I know that the men and women who volunteer to serve our nation in time of war do so for many reasons, including a great sense of patriotic duty but it wouldn't surprise me if many of them decide to take an off-ramp from the military in the next few years.

Loyalty is a two way street but right now it seems a Muslim Army doctor communicating with al Qaeda gets more of the benefit of the doubt than three Navy SEALS on the front line.

As I said, there may well be more to it than this but I fear there's not.

Added: Jack Murtha just emailed to say,

This guys are cold blooded smackers and I won't rest until they are given the death penalty. Coincidentally, the executions will take place in my district after we build a prison and death chamber with a 7 billion dollar earmark I am inserting in next year's budget.

Also, Andrew Sullivan emails to ask if there are any pictures, preferably with Abed naked and tied down with leather straps to something. He says it's just research.

I may have made those emails up. Who is to say?


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