While I know this news is a bit David Lat-ish (for those that don’t know Lat, check out the best legal gossip at AboveTheLaw.com), CAAFlog’s recent coverage of Lt. Gen. Mattis’ letter declaring certain participants in the Haditha incident “innocent” entitles him to coverage here. Lt. Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis will be played by Harrison Ford in the forthcoming screen adaptation of the book “No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah,” see article here. While I hope that Ford’s presence does not signal an anti-military bent, Ford spoke out against U.S. policies in Iraq, the book from which the film is adapted was a thoroughly researched and well received account of the first Battle for Fallujah by former Asst. Sec’y of Defense (Reagan) Bing West. Since West and his son are writing the screenplay, I would hope it will be similar in quality to the excellent adaptation of Mark Bowden’s book “Black Hawk Down,” which also featured early drafts by the author, Mark Bowden.
By the way, the Haditha prosecution appears to be narrowed to four individuals (Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, 1st Lt. Andrew A. Grayson, Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich and Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum). Mattis’ recent grant of immunity, and dismissal of all charges, against Capt. McConnell–the company commander (Devil Dogs correct me if I read that wrong)–opened the door to potentially important testimony in the remaining cases.
Lt. Gen. Mattis was also recently nominated to head
Jiffy Pop Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Norfolk, VA. BZ, General. I wonder how that will affect the prosecutions when (?) Mattis steps down at I MEF?