No Time for the Truth: The Haditha Incident and the Search for Justice by Nathaniel R. HelmsNo Time for the Truth: The Haditha Incident and the Search for Justice by Nathaniel R. Helms

No Time for the Truth: The Haditha Incident and the Search for Justice

byNathaniel R. Helms, Haytham Faraj

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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An Unflinching Look at a Black Chapter in Our War in Iraq and America’s Failure to Serve Justice

In the waning days of 2005, twelve Marines were ambushed by Sunni Muslim insurgents on Route Chestnut, an ancient Mesopotamian road at the south edge of Haditha, Iraq, when an IED detonated under one of four Humvees they occupied, killing or wounding a quarter of their number. The surviving Marines quickly counterattacked. Their merciless response killed twenty-four Iraqi citizens, including an old man and ten women and children. This horrific encounter was quickly dubbed the Haditha Massacre and compared to My Lai, and its echoes still resonate today. Prompted by international condemnation, the Pentagon and Marine Corps initiated court-martial proceedings against the Marines involved.

No Time for the Truth is the first book to show how the subsequent seven-year investigation and trial—which resulted in only a single minor conviction—was no more than theater meant to appease an outraged public and salvage US-Iraq relations. Authors Nathaniel Helms and Haytham Faraj, who served as defense counsel, reveal how the Pentagon pressured prosecutors to protect the integrity of the Marine Corps by hiding the fully gruesome nature of killings perpetrated by “battle-rattled” soldiers, with the intention of laying blame at the feet of a single staff sergeant. This is a stunning account of one of the darkest moments in the war in Iraq, a critical examination of whether justice was even sought after, and a powerful statement that in war, “truth is the first casualty.”

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Nathaniel R. Helms is a Vietnam veteran and former police officer. He is the author of My Men Are My Heroes: The Brad Kasal Story, selected in 2012 for the USMC Commandant’s “Recommended Reading List” and as a “Marine Corps Legend” book by the Marine Corps League. He lives in Saint Charles, Missouri. Haytham Faraj is a nineteen-ye...
Title:No Time for the Truth: The Haditha Incident and the Search for JusticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:ArcadeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628726857

ISBN - 13:9781628726855


Editorial Reviews

“Based on scores of witness accounts, interviews, and the indicted Marines’ own statements, No Time for the Truth is without a doubt one of the most important books to come out of the Iraq War.” —James M. Scott, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor"No Time for the Truth is an excellent portrayal of the unthinkable danger that warriors unfortunately face when they head into battle: that their own leadership would sacrifice their reputations and honor to fit a false narrative created by a Pentagon looking for a quick way out, a media hungry for dirt, and a world expecting the impossible." —Michael J. Gifford, author of Taking Anbar: A Frontline Account of the Hunt for Iraq's Lethal Insurgency"An impassioned critique of the handling of the Haditha massacre by US Marines." —Kirkus Reviews“Examining the fog of law as it pertains to war, No Time for the Truth is very well researched and I strongly recommend it. This examination is important for military leaders and should be discussed at the service academies and in law classes around the country.” —Michael Yon, war correspondent and author of Moment of Truth in Iraq“While covering the Haditha trial alongside Nathaniel Helms, I could tell he knew much more to the story, all of which he’s put within these pages.” —Daniel Woolfolk, multimedia journalist, Military Times