NEW VIDEOS: 'Nothing more than Propaganda' NBC/Pentagon Jim Miklaszewsk on Duty
Reports that Afghan villagers have been offering one theory about what might have motivated his rampage. I'm putting another video together about the latest Afghanistan massacre which is part of an illegitimate war in Afghanistan. Because you don't use the military and war against terrorism. I'll point out how this guy's acting like the Afghan witnesses just suddenly started talking about American troops coming by and threatening them. Threatening retaliation for a U.S. soldier getting hurt by an IED, an improvised explosive device.
Our Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski on duty from there tonight. Jim, good evening. Good evening Brian. In another twist to the tragic story, villagers where the shootings took place are now claiming that the 16 civilians were gunned down in retaliation for an IED attack against American forces. That villagers claim that days before the massacre, American combat troops entered that village and threatened to kill every man and their children for that attack on the Americans, but Pentagon and military officials said today there is no evidence of any IED attack around that time and no evidence the Americans threatened retaliation. In fact, officials here at the Pentagon suspect this is nothing more than propaganda. This guy's taking the word of the Pentagon and ignoring statements reported before this report. He's so willing to push the Pentagon line that he's ignoring stories that have already been reported about an IED attack. And that the suspect was upset about that. He ignores what has already been reported, information that was coming from the suspect's own lawyer. And meanwhile Jim accepts the Pentagon story and labels what the Afghan people are saying as "propaganda." Do you think he would ever call what the U.S. says "propaganda?" Do you think he would ever talk about U.S. government statements being criticized as "propaganda?" Do you think ever in a million years this man would say, "by the way, the U.S. government has a pattern of lying." Even though it's the truth, dramatically it's the truth: that the U.S. government has a pattern of lying even about military affairs. The bare minimum we owe our soldiers and their families is the truth. That didn’t happen for the two most famous soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. For Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, the government violated its most basic responsibility. Sensational details and stories were invented in both cases. In Jessica Lynch's case, the Washington Post published a front page story 10 days after her capture that discarded the facts and mislead the country. Pfc. Jessica Lynch, rescued Tuesday from an Iraqi hospital, fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers after Iraqi forces ambushed the Army’s 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, firing her weapon until she ran out of ammunition, U.S. officials said yesterday. Lynch, a 19-year-old supply clerk, continued firing at the Iraqis even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds and watched several other soldiers in her unit die around her in fighting March 23, one official said. Where did this false information come from? Jessica Lynch was captured on March 23. The Washington Post published a completely factual article on her rescue on April 2. But by April 3, ten days after her capture, U.S. officials had become the source for a story that riveted the nation, but twisted the truth beyond recognition.