In the summer of 2003, when President Bush mounted an aircraft carrier to declare “mission accomplished” in Iraq, my sister-in-law had begun to peruse travel brochures offering scenic tours of the new Iraq. "See their special brand of pyramid, in the ancient Fertile Crescent, with all modern amenities." She is an excellent horsewoman, cares well for husband, kids and grandkids, but certainly not a student of recent history.
“CBS 60 Minutes” 3-18-07 interview of Sgt. Frank Wuterich.
Haditha is a town of 70,000, in Anbar province, the heart of the Sunni resistance, where, among the residents, anti-American passions run high. In the months before Wuterich's unit arrived, other Marines there were suffering some of the heaviest causalities in all of Iraq, including the bombing of an armored vehicle that killed 14 Marines. Days before that, six Marines in Haditha were ambushed, tortured and killed. The enemy put it on the Internet where Wuterich and his men saw the bodies and the dog tags of their dead comrades.
"What I did that day, the decisions that I made, I would make those decisions today," he says.
"What I'm talking about is the tactical decisions. It doesn't sit well with me that women and children died that day," Wuterich says.
"There is nothing that I can possibly say to make up or make well the deaths of those women and children and I am absolutely sorry that that happened that day."
"That I'm not sure I want to go to sleep tonight, because I don't know what I'm going to dream."
Added update 7-31-13, as can be added almost every single day.
Wave of Car Bombs Kills Dozens in Iraq
"Militants among the minority Sunnis have been emboldened by the civil war in neighboring Syria, where the Sunni majority has been trying to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which is dominated by his Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiism."
Illumination by Kathy Brahney