It’s really doubtful. Look at what happened as a result of My Lai:
Opinion polls showed that the public overwhelmingly disapproved of the verdict in the Calley case [OPINION POLLS]. President Nixon ordered Calley removed from the stockade and placed under house arrest. He announced that he would review the whole decision. Nixon’s action prompted Aubrey Daniel to write a long and angry letter in which he told the President that “the greatest tragedy of all will be if political expediency dictates the compromise of such a fundamental moral principle as the inherent unlawfulness of the murder of innocent persons” [AUBREY LETTER]. On November 9, 1974, the Secretary of the Army announced that William Calley would be paroled. In 1976, Calley married. He now works in the jewelry store of his father-in-law in Columbus, Georgia.
My Lai mattered. Two weeks after the Calley verdict was announced, the Harris Poll reported for the first time that a majority of Americans opposed the war in Viet Nam. The My Lai episode caused the military to re-evaluate its training with respect to the handling of noncombatants. Commanders sent troops in the Desert Storm operation into battle with the words, “No My Lais-- you hear?”
The timeline in the second link is particularly appalling.
So, to summarize, for the butchery of an entire village, including the cold-blooded murder of women and children:
One man served three years in prison.
78% of the public disagreed with his conviction.
Nixon was all pissed about it.
The polls are just unbelievable:
It’s not like the public had an excuse; Life ran a bunch of photos.
Edit: excuse me, he suffered those three years under house arrest. Truly a stiff sentence.
Edit again: Oh, and I forgot about the raping, and the details that they never came under fire and never encountered an enemy during the operation.