Account of firefight was badly slanted

Regarding the Associated Press article March 5 ("Wounded say shots came from U.S. troops"): After reading this, I became so angry I could hardly see straight. This is what is wrong with the liberal press.

Our soldiers were attacked by a crazy man, then shot at by other crazy men. Is this the focus of the story in an American newspaper? No! The liberal left turns the focus on the United States military - that somehow our soldiers are at fault for protecting themselves.

As a former journalist myself, I am ashamed of my colleagues nationwide for allowing this kind of drivel to enter American homes by way of paper, radio or television. No wonder the citizens of this great nation are so wishy-washy.

We as citizens of the United States have a responsibility to support the men and women who are keeping us safe, not question their actions when fired upon.

In the middle of an Afghan street we should not expect a soldier to call for a show of hands on who is there to kill or shop then proclaim, "Have a nice day."

This is not first-grade P.E.; this is war. I pray for the innocent who were killed or wounded in that attack, but it is considered collateral damage. Those Marines were provoked by cold-blooded murderers. The blame lies with the group that sent in the suicide bomber and put guns in the hands of the militants, not U.S. soldiers.

That United States Marine envoy in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, opened fire to protect me and this soap-box letter to the editor. And if there is anyone out there who disagrees with me, think of it this way: That Marine envoy, as well as others, are protecting your right to get up on a soap box next to me and tell me I'm wrong.

Katherine Wideman, Martinez

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