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Report: Dems Presented False Accusations Against Marine Corps in 2007

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By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 11:50 AM

Documents and emails show that Democrat-controlled public accounts made false accusations against the Marine Corps in 2007, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

A 2007 report in USA Today said that the Marine Corps was negligent in providing mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) to troops in Iraq. Marine Corps scientist Franz Gayl provided a sizable portion of the information for the story, the Free Beacon notes.

The controversy led to the "MRAP boondoggle" that produced 27,000 armored vehicles that were not more effective at reducing injuries from roadside bombs than other vehicles, according to a 2012 Pentagon study. 

Steve Chill, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq, said that then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) shepherded the criticism from the Democratic Party,

"A falsehood was fostered by the press, politicians, and interest groups that the Marine Corps was negligent in supporting fellow Marines in Iraq with armored vehicles during Operation Iraqi Freedom," according to Chill, former director of the Warfighting Lab.

The Free Beacon published his findings April 20 in a study, "Blowing The Whistle on a Whistleblower: The Real MRAP Story." 

Democratic senators used the MRAP stories "as a cornerstone for their arguments to withdraw from Iraq," Chill's study notes.

"This study sets the record straight and gives reassurance to Marines and the families of the dead and wounded Marines in Iraq that their Corps did not let them down," Chill said.

The USA Today story in 2007 came out before a Senate session to pull all of the U.S. troops out of Iraq, which was blocked. Gayl misunderstood the process used to acquire equipment in the field, Chill's study said.

Today, Gayl still works for the Marine Corps. He claimed legal whistleblower status in 2007.

"Lt. Col. Chill's remarks today are very similar to those made by senior Marine leaders ten years ago when I spoke with the Congress and press. I was loathed by those USMC leaders, and remain so by many who are still active throughout DoD (the Department of Defense) and government today — one in particular being the SecDef himself," Gayl said, referring to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Chill's study said that Mattis was "repeatedly and unjustly smeared," noting that at the time, Mattis was commanding general of the Combat Development Command and did not have the authority to make decisions about the MRAP vehicles.

"The Marine Corps screws up, people screw up, but this was not one of those times," Chill said, nothing that his findings in the study were his own, not coordinated with the Marines.

The Marine Corps and the Air Force began upgrading the MRAPs in January, according to UPI. 

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