Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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How is it that every US Friendly Fire incident is categorized as "...US Department of Defense said its own investigation concluded the death was a "tragic accident".
The statement said the US shared all the information from its inquiry with the MoD, except those parts that had to be withheld for "security, privacy or other reasons".
And then a tape, or eye witness surfaces. And in nearly every FF episode that was finalized as a “tragic accident” then reinvestigated after public scrutiny turns out to be somewhat different.
I know some of the MdANG A-10 TankThumpers and they had a real hard job. But they also had ground control and IFF markers on ground assets to keep them from burning 30mm depleted uranium rounds into a friendly’s tank.
I do not fault the troops on this. They have a hard enough job and do their job to the best of their abilities. This Administration’s Pentagon however has taken on a role of hiding all faults at all costs, making up its own rules as it goes. Stonewalling information on a friendly fire incident is not acceptable. Covering up incidents and blanketing them with “tragic accident” is not acceptable. You can say that “you had to be there to understand”. I have. Being a peon 18 year old airman in support of Forward Combat Control and PJs I got to see it close and personal. But there is NO reason to stonewall the results. If there is a FU, man up and accept it. Why can’t our Cowboy understand that?
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.