It wasn't collateral damage by any stretch of the imagination. It was active going out and shooting civilians not dictated by any military necessity.
I don't know each and every case here (apparently he is looking at pardoning a number of these cases), but that one really big case against those Blackwater mercenaries was very clearly collateral damage.
And since that case was clearly collateral damage, I don't trust any of the other convictions either.
And a whole lot of active and past military are really upset about this because their actions make it look like our military feels free to kill wantonly and without cause and we don't care.
Most likely those soldiers are just leftists who like to falsely accuse America of acting this way.
Which refelects badly on them and on us. We are a nation that says we repect the rule of law and the generaly accepted rules of war. When we don't, we lose any claim to morality.
Untrue accusations against us do not reflect on us at all.
A number of them were convicted under strict military justice.
That doesn't make it OK to convict innocent people.
When Trump goes against that, he abandons all claim to morality and justice
Freeing innocent people is the epitome of morality and justice.
and just panders to the bloodthirsty jingos.
The bloodthirsty jingos are right.