Fox News military analysts Col. Bill Cowan & Col. David Hunt
"There are reports that the US Marine who shot and killed a wounded combatant in an Iraq mosque will not be formally charged. Talking Points is happy this young marine reportedly will not be court-martialed. I believe soldiers in combat must be given the benefit of the doubt, and the military must be allowed to fight the war on terror without second-guessing by anti-war people. Compare that situation to Abu Ali, a 25-year old Virginia man who the FBI believes was working with al Qaeda, and is now charged with conspiring to kill President Bush. Ali was arrested in Saudi Arabia--he says he was tortured there, and his case is engendering some sympathy. So let's put this in perspective--the young Marine was pretty much ignored by the elite media. But Abu Ali gets editorials in the Washington Post and the New York Times. So what we have now is the benefit of doubt for Ali, and silence for the Marine. This is why I believe the American print press has lost perspective. An FBI agent has testified that Ali participated in jihad training; a search of his home found documents praising the 9/11 attacks and promoting violent jihad. I'm not going to convict Abu Ali on The Factor, but this stuff is pretty damning. Contrast that to the Marine, who obviously felt he was in danger. The point here is that too many in the US media are anti-military and sympathetic to suspected terrorists. Period."
Fox News military analysts Col. Bill Cowan and Col. David Hunt joined The Factor. "This great young Marine did exactly what he should have done," Hunt asserted. "But I can't blame the press for his prosecution. I don't think the press can get away with not caring about Marines and soldiers unless the public allows it. If we in middle America would scream about this, the press couldn't get away with it." Cowan said anti-military bias in the media affects the troops in the field. "I was just in Iraq, and there was a lot of talk about how the media treats them. They are really feeling there is unfair reporting." The Factor summed up: "We have put our credibility on the line defending this Marine. There has not been one other major media organ that has done that. I didn't see any editorials sticking up for this Marine."