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Kline apologizes to Marines over Haditha statements
Mpls (Red) Star-Tribune ^ | 8/14/2006

Posted on 08/14/2006 7:58:48 PM PDT by markomalley

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., apologized Monday to the Marines under investigation in the killings of two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, last November, saying that statements he made about the case were taken out of context and that he did not mean to imply the Marines were guilty of wrongdoing. Kline issued the apology as part of an agreement with lawyers for Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who alleged Kline had damaged Wuterich's reputation. Wuterich has denied any wrongdoing in the Haditha case. None of the Marines involved has been charged.

Wuterich took the unusual step earlier this month of filing a federal lawsuit against Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., alleging statements Murtha made about the Haditha deaths were libelous. Murtha said after the lawsuit was filed that he did not mean to prejudge Wuterich, but he has not responded to a settlement offer that seeks a similar public apology, according to Wuterich's attorneys, Mark Zaid and Neal Puckett. They set last Friday as a deadline for Murtha's apology.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 109th; apology; congress; dueprocess; haditha; kline; lawsuit; murtha; wuterich
I wonder if the headline should be: "Kline apologizes to Marines while he still has a chance to get re-elected"?
1 posted on 08/14/2006 7:58:49 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
None of the Marines involved has been charged.

Our representatives should learn the value of the words, "No comment."

2 posted on 08/14/2006 8:00:36 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: markomalley

Once a treasonous POS, always a treasonous POS.


3 posted on 08/14/2006 8:00:42 PM PDT by EagleUSA (T)
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To: markomalley

Good for the Marine. Hopefully he's a leader.


4 posted on 08/14/2006 8:01:40 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: markomalley
In addition to these unfounded, unproven accusations against these Marines, Fat Jack Murtha has shown himself to be consistently pro-pork and anti-military for years.

Jack Murtha was one of two people who voted for Charlie Rangel's Draft Bill (H.R. 163, introduced Jan 7, 2003), back in 2004. Please look at Roll Call Vote 494, held on 5 Oct 2004. Only he and Pete Stark voted for it. The bill sponsor (Rangel) and the remainder of the co-sponsors (incl. Conyers, Jackson-Lee, etc.) did not vote for the bill they sponsored!

We mustn't let his constituents forget this little fact: the local rhetoric has little or no resemblence to the reality of his inside-the-beltway politics.

5 posted on 08/14/2006 8:02:20 PM PDT by markomalley (Vivat Iesus!)
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To: CindyDawg

ALL Marines are leaders.


6 posted on 08/14/2006 8:03:28 PM PDT by TimesDomain (When a judge declares himself "MASTER", you become his "SLAVE")
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To: EagleUSA

While he may be a politician, and apt to flap his gums too much, John Kline is NO TRAITOR. I suggest you look into his background.


7 posted on 08/14/2006 8:03:53 PM PDT by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: TimesDomain

Well in this case I hope he has some followers.


8 posted on 08/14/2006 8:06:12 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Spruce

He apolgized.


9 posted on 08/14/2006 8:06:48 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
He's a Marine Staff Sergeant, so he's definitely a leader.
10 posted on 08/14/2006 8:07:23 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Spruce
This seems to be one case in which "taken out of context" is a valid argument:

Kline responded to a settlement request within an hour of its arrival Aug. 4. Kline wrote that news outlets used incomplete statements that gave the false impression that he had concluded the Marines broke the law.

11 posted on 08/14/2006 8:11:20 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Spruce

John Kline is NO TRAITOR.
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We have a difference of opinion, when it comes to ANYONE bad-mouthing our fighting men and women. Period. And Murtha was not a traitor in many people's eyes, until he became a power-mad socialist running for a high position in Congress, all on the backs of our fighting forces.

These people need to support our services, not talk them down. They are careless idiots and they have no place in America, especially in what is left of a once great government.


12 posted on 08/14/2006 8:12:43 PM PDT by EagleUSA (T)
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To: phoenix0468
Ok, ok. Yall are all leaders. Uncle:') I just meant I hope the other guys follow and file against him too.
13 posted on 08/14/2006 8:16:16 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
Yeah, that would be nice. But the only file I want to see are charges of Treason against Murtha for being a Traitorous bastard.
14 posted on 08/14/2006 8:17:47 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: markomalley; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; Ajnin; ...


15 posted on 08/14/2006 8:21:32 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: freema
Kline, a former Marine colonel and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, .....

Whoa! I thought there were only TWO (2) members of CONgress that were military...Murthawi and jFk.

On a serious note, if the lawsuit was filed for the sole purpose of getting an "apology" and a few bucks, I may have to rethink this.

16 posted on 08/14/2006 8:33:12 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody
if the lawsuit was filed for the sole purpose of getting an "apology" and a few bucks, I may have to rethink this.

There's little else to get from a lawsuit, except an apology and a few bucks.

17 posted on 08/14/2006 8:45:51 PM PDT by RJL
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To: freema
This case has gotten totally out of hand from the very start.
Meanwhile Marines must stay in solitary confinement, and have few priveleges most humans take for granted.
The only good thing is they will be free once the facts are fully established. Now will they want to even go back to their unit if required to do so?
18 posted on 08/14/2006 8:53:41 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle
The only good thing is they will be free once the facts are fully established

I sure hope you are right.

Dub

SGT USMC

19 posted on 08/14/2006 8:59:05 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya

Semper Fi. Thank you for serving. Gotta try to get some sleep.


20 posted on 08/14/2006 9:01:54 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: markomalley

I heard Kline here on the radio, I was pissed. He was not taken out of context. He said there is a big cover up. He is running against a moonbat commie so he will win, but I am pissed at him.


21 posted on 08/14/2006 9:07:35 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: markomalley

You really think Coleen Rowley has an icecubes pray in hell of beating him? If you do I've got a bridge in NY I can sell you cheap.


22 posted on 08/14/2006 10:08:04 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: RJL
"There's little else to get from a lawsuit, except an apology and a few bucks."
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Ummmm No! If you are going to sue someone follow through. I want to watch the trial. I want to see and hear John Murtha on the witness stand squirming. I want to see him sweat...profusely. I want to hear him support his comments .....

"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood," Murtha said. (Watch Murtha level accusations against the Marines -- 1:58)
"They actually went into the houses and killed women and children," the congressman said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/05/18/murtha.marines/index.html

An apology??? Another Turban Durbinesque apology? What is it with this apology crap? Say any old thing that you pull out of the dark recesses of your bodily parts, slander others, ruin their lives and careers and then simply say, "Oh my bad, sorry about that Marine." Gimme a break. An apology and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee, in some places anyway.
23 posted on 08/14/2006 11:04:51 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: markomalley

Scumbag made a generous deposit in the defense fund too, I'll bet.

or at least hope so.


24 posted on 08/15/2006 2:56:51 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: smoothsailing

Ping!


25 posted on 08/15/2006 4:02:39 AM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: markomalley
Kline claims he was misquoted. He may have been. He is an otherwise good man. He apologized immediately when this came to light. Okay now what about surrender murtha? Nothing of the kind from him.

Now think about this: The actions of Kline and the inaction of surrender will make surrender look even worse and help Irey. So since the young Marine GOT his apology from Kline this puts more pressure on surrender murtha. Not bad.
26 posted on 08/15/2006 4:42:33 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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To: markomalley

Kline claims he was misquoted. He may have been. He is an otherwise good man. He apologized immediately when this came to light. Okay now what about surrender murtha? Nothing of the kind from him.

Now think about this: The actions of Kline and the inaction of surrender will make surrender look even worse and help Irey. So since the young Marine GOT his apology from Kline this puts more presure on surrender murtha. Not bad.


27 posted on 08/15/2006 4:42:56 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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To: markomalley; RaceBannon; freema; Just A Nobody; StarCMC

Better late than never, I suppose. Just a darned shame it took the threat of a lawsuit to straighten Kline out. I'm definitely disappointed in the man.


28 posted on 08/15/2006 4:52:46 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop
Sort of sucks when people are forced to admit they are wrong. Not the same as when they just admit it because it's the right thing to do. Blech!
29 posted on 08/15/2006 6:55:23 AM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: Marine_Uncle

The Haditha Marines are not even under arrest, as far as I know.


30 posted on 08/15/2006 12:36:23 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Coop
Better late than never, I suppose. Just a darned shame it took the threat of a lawsuit to straighten Kline out. I'm definitely disappointed in the man.

I am too. On our new FM radio talk format, WTLK, his soundbite about there being a cover-up was used to advertise one of the afternoon talk shows. I would hear it every day, and it sounded like a completed statement to me. I wish I could recall the exact wording, but it would make me so mad, I often turned the dial when it came on. I was/am extremely disappointed in him.

31 posted on 08/15/2006 1:04:05 PM PDT by Shelayne (...And though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm... ~~Casting Crowns)
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To: jmaroneps37
Okay now what about surrender murtha? Nothing of the kind from him.

John Murtha is a Democrat. As such, he never has to bear any sort of responsibility for anything he ever says or does. You can kill a young woman, you can lie about our soldiers with impunity, you can join the KKK, and still get elected and re-elected. If you are a Democrat, that is.

If you are a Republican, you will find yourself making public apologies for things you did not say, being invesitgated by the IRS for money you did not make, and generally have every thing you ever do or say scrutinized. You even have to watch your back within your own party, lest someone try to gain positive media exposure by making up lies about you.

32 posted on 08/15/2006 1:38:08 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: markomalley

Lets hope Murtha doesn't have the guts to apologize and loses the libel case. I would love to see him try to weasel out of it. That scumbag Murtha should be shot.


33 posted on 08/15/2006 3:48:12 PM PDT by ritewingwarrior (Where does free speech end, and sedition begin?)
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34 posted on 08/15/2006 6:12:03 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: pissant
"The Haditha Marines are not even under arrest, as far as I know.
Well they would not walking around in leg irons in their tiny cells if they are free men. The military confinement they are under must be congruant or equal to what we would consider being under arrest in the civilian judicial system.
Perhaps one of our more judicially estute Freepers could elaborate on what their official status is from a military standpoint.
35 posted on 08/15/2006 7:23:06 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: RaceBannon

To your credit Marine. The willingness to help in this cause in behalf of these Marines.


36 posted on 08/15/2006 7:24:25 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: RaceBannon

Great! Thanks for the link for that.


37 posted on 08/15/2006 7:31:23 PM PDT by eyespysomething (There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

People have consitently been mixing up the Hamdania Marines (a travesty how they are being treated) and the Haditha group.


38 posted on 08/15/2006 7:45:26 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
"People have consitently been mixing up the Hamdania Marines (a travesty how they are being treated) and the Haditha group."
Whooops! Your so right. My brain has been a bit fried of lately. Thanks for the needed correction. As indicated, the Hadith Marine case, the guys are not even charged with anything official. They most probably will return to their unit once they are cleared of any alleged charges.
39 posted on 08/15/2006 8:04:13 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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