The release of the statement was apparently intended to explain why it took so long to report the Haditha massacre (and we'll call it that, okay? Kids were shot in the back of the head.). One of the oddest things is that nobody anywhere in any of these proceedings seems to have any remorse about the killings. It's clinical. It's pathological.
The Marine officer who commanded the battalion involved in the Haditha killings last November did not consider the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children, unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, according to a sworn statement he gave to military investigators in March.
"I thought it was very sad, very unfortunate, but at the time, I did not suspect any wrongdoing from my Marines," Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marines, said in the statement.