Monday, May 16, 2005
Lt. Pantano not guilty of murder
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, who shot to death two Iraqi insurgents a year ago during a raid on an insurgent hideout in the "Triangle of Death," and faced murder charges for his actions, has been cleared of charges, according to Bill O’Reilly tonight.
This is wonderful news. To convict this brave Marine for defending himself and his fellow Marines would have been a travesty. We cannot allow America’s enemies, neither those within our borders nor those outside them, to put our military personnel on trial for doing their job.
The investigating officer, Lt. Col. Mark E. Winn, recommended that Lt. Pantano face administration punishment for firing too many rounds at the two men, a far less serious charge. However, given the dangerous circumstances under which Lt. Pantano acted, even that criticism must be questioned.
In any event, this is good news.