More bodies have been tossed into the bottomless pit of misery that is the US mission in Afghanistan as reports are that a US B-1 stealth bomber accidentally dropped ordinance on a US position killing five American soldiers. The bombing is one of the deadliest incidents in Afghanistan in recent months and marks the deadliest friendly fire incident of the 14 year long war.
|By: David Dayen Saturday March 31, 2012 10:00 am|
In a sign of how well things are going in Afghanistan, NATO and US troops are designating guards for any time they come into contact with the Afghan security forces they’re supposed to be training.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 28, 2012 9:02 am|
Charlie Savage has a great piece on the mess that is the DOD’s investigation and trial of those charged with the 2005 massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Sadly, as Savage points out, the lack of justice in this case is part of a disturbing pattern in the military, where all too often, PR trumps justice.
It’s not new. The Pat Tillman case was the same way, as PR concerns shoved the truth aside. Another example of the ongoing “PR trumps justice” movement in the military is on view at the Sundance film festival with “The Invisible War,” a film that describes itself as “a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military.”
Within the military, it seems PR trumps justice, all too often. Our military, and our nation, deserve better.