Iraq vets claim war crimes were ‘encouraged.’

On Saturday, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War spoke at an event in Watertown, NY, and charged that their unit commanders encouraged them to commit war crimes:

“The killing of innocent civilians is policy,” said veteran Mike Blake. “It’s unit policy and it’s Army policy. It’s not official policy, but it’s what’s happens on the ground everyday. It’s what unit commanders individually encourage.

Veteran Matt Howard concurred: “These decisions are coming from the top down,” Howard said. “The tactics that we use, the policies that the military engages, will create situations, create dynamics, create — ultimately — atrocity.”