You may remember the story of retired Marine Lieutenant Ilario Pantano and his failed run for a U.S. House seat in 2010. Pantano enlisted in the Marines when he was 17. He fought in the first Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1993. He re-enlisted as an officer after 9/11/01. Serving in Iraq, Pantano forced two Iraqi men to search their own car, then killed them when they tried to rush him. A disgruntled sergeant on the scene accused Pantano of shooting the two men in the back. It has taken years for the vindication to come down even though there was no evidence at the time other than the Sergeant’s word. After finally exhuming the bodies, it was clear the men were shot just as Pantano testified – in the front, in self-defense. From being born in New York’s Hells Kitchen to qualifying for the best universities in the Nation, enlisting in the Marines instead to serve his country, and then having the Marine Corps charge him with pre-meditated murder, Pantano has announced again for the House seat for North Carolina’s District 7.
The Liberal media tried to crush Pantano during his House run. The reporting was disgraceful. Salon headlined: From accused murderer to member of Congress? He was referred to as a Jack Bauer Republican, which in my world makes one a hero, but not to the readers of The Daily Beast. A Congressional opponent said there was “no excuse” for what Pantano “did,” but the opponent wasn’t on the ground with two Iraqi’s charging. The North Carolina Democrat Party set up a website dedicated to exposing Pantano’s killer image.
If you read here often you know I have asked “what is going on with our Military” more than once. It seems we have gone out of our way to convict the men and women just trying to stay alive in some of the most dangerous conditions on the face of the earth. In Pantano’s case, there was no move to autopsy the bodies, so the sergeant’s charge of cold-blooded murder was taken as fact until there was finally an intervention and the bodies were exhumed. Really, what is going on with our Military?