Thursday, June 22, 2006

My Way News - Pentagon Withheld Info on Troops' Deaths

My Way News - Pentagon Withheld Info on Troops' Deaths:
TRACY, Calif. (AP) - The Pentagon waited nine months after completing an investigation into the deaths of two U.S. soldiers before notifying relatives the men were killed by Iraqi troops, the military acknowledged Wednesday.
And why would they sit on the information, not informing the families of the two men?
Military officials visited Tyson's family on Tuesday and McCaffrey's on Wednesday to deliver the report, which was completed on Sept. 30, 2005, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. She called the nine-month delay troubling.

"If the American people knew that the people we are directly helping train turned on our soldiers, support for this war would slip," Boxer said. "It's very disturbing to think that the Pentagon might be told to keep this kind of thing close to the vest."
I see. It's the old "if-we-told-you-what-was-really-going-on, you-wouldn't-let-it-keep-going-on" conundrum. It's those pesky facts that ruin all the fun, no, agony, no, bullshit, no, heroic endeavor in pursuit of universal freedom.
Iraqi forces who had trained with the Americans had fired at them twice before the incident that killed Patrick McCaffrey, and he had reported it to his superiors, Nadia McCaffrey said.
That's strange, because the Pentagon never heard of such a thing.
A Pentagon spokesman knew of no other incident like the shootings. Boyce said the U.S. military remained confident in its operations with Iraqis.
Yes, and aren't we all confident in our government and military to always do the right thing? NOT!
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