In the final day of the Article 32 investigation into LCpl Tatum’s role in the action in Haditha, Iraq, both the prosecution and defense gave their respective summations of the case. The defense emphasized that,
You can’t sit back in an air-conditioned room at Camp Pendleton and second-guess these men. It’s 20/20 hindsight.
While the prosecution maintained its mantra of retribution and a rush to use force,
In an effort to avoid unnecessary suffering of innocents, you are not permitted to go straight to deadly force.
LtCol Ware will likely submit his report within the next ten days.