September 28, 2007
— DrewM Thats the scoop from BlackFive.
For the full story, see Purple Avenger's post.
The short version is two Army snipers offed a terrorist in Afghanistan and an initial investigation showed they acted within the rules of engagement. But further up the chain of command, a Marine General and a Navy Lt. Commander got an Army Sergeant, who had no independent knowledge of the case, to press murder charges against the snipers.
Go after the General first. From what I've read, this is not the first time he has pulled something like this.
Posted by: mesablue at September 28, 2007 04:04 PM (KCOdQ)
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at September 28, 2007 04:17 PM (uOvAE)
Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 28, 2007 04:19 PM (iuG/e)
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at September 28, 2007 04:21 PM (uOvAE)
Posted by: A Journalist Speaking Truth To Power at September 28, 2007 05:25 PM (jQlIa)
Somewhat similar. In Vietnam we'd occasionally salt VC ammo we found with rounds loaded with high explosive rather than gunpowder, then leave it in place. The program was very effective against VC morale in the areas it was employed. They'd get 3 or 4 rounds off out of a magazine, then their gun would blow up taking half their head off.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 28, 2007 05:34 PM (iuG/e)
Army personnel shouldn't have to answer to their inferiors, whatever the rank.
Posted by: Paul in Iowa at September 28, 2007 07:38 PM (tOQXA)
Posted by: Carl Hungus at September 28, 2007 08:31 PM (IK4dH)
Posted by: rHomer Simpson at September 28, 2007 08:41 PM (2o4KV)
Should be noted that those lawyers are also soldiers. As was the commander that preferred the charges.
Something to keep in mind.
Posted by: greenonions at September 29, 2007 06:02 AM (d4X7I)
9 This general has a great future with the Democratic Party and/or CNN...
Is there a difference between the two?
Posted by: cranky at September 29, 2007 06:03 AM (7rKVk)
Generally speaking, to advance in rank you have to please your superiors.
During the Clinton years, generations of officers learned that PC behavior is the way to advancement. Most officers played along for the sake of their careers but inevitably there would be a few true believers being advanced into positions of power.
This outrage of a prosecution stands as one of Clinton's true legacies.
Posted by: canuk at September 29, 2007 08:30 AM (vPj5M)
I was already hearing from MilFriends in his first term how bad it was getting. They were mostly out in his second term.
Posted by: Merovign at September 29, 2007 02:15 PM (IaYDo)
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