So goes the game of “musical excuses”…….
The story for this week was not the shooting in Oregon….sad to say that is old news….nope the story is a hospital bombed out of existence……
The blogs have been awash with accusations and innuendos about the airstrike that took out a Doctors Without Borders run hospital in Afghanistan around the embattled city of Kunduz in the North of the country.
The news broke last week that US had called in an airstrike on a hospital…..then the reports was it was the Afghan army that called it in….and the changes continue….
Details continue to emerge about Saturday’s bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, with the US military commander in Afghanistan testifying Tuesday that it was due to US directive. “To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the US chain of command,” Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee, per the New York Times. “A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.” But the nonprofit—also known by its French initials, MSF—wants to know why the official US story has had four incarnations since the airstrike and claims the US is simply trying blame the Afghans, the Guardian reports. “The US military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition,” the MSF director said Tuesday.
First the US claimed it wasn’t sure it had struck the hospital, followed by a statement Sunday that the bombing—which killed at least 22, per the AP—was accidental. On Monday Campbell said it was the Afghans who requested the airstrike, while in Tuesday’s testimony, he said the pilots of the US AC-130 gunship didn’t have direct communication with Afghan forces, but with US special forces on the ground who called in the strike—an admission that has MSF fuming. “Statements from the Afghanistan government have claimed that Taliban forces were using the hospital to fire on coalition forces,” MSF President Joanne Liu said Tuesday, a claim MSF denies. “These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital, which amounts to an admission of a war crime.” Doctors Without Borders says it wants an impartial probe—i.e., not by the US, Afghanistan, or NATO, the Guardian notes.
This whole farce sounds like the story given in 2o14 by Israel after they attacked a clinic in Gaza……it was their fault…no it was a mistake….no it was……their story was lame our story is lame…..I know wat is Hell….but the GPS coordinates were given for the hospital….a little difficult to believe that a case can be made that no one knew it was a hospital….right?
I do enjoy watching these toads tap dance around the fact that a hospital was attacked and people were killed….
Will we ever know the truth or will some low level officer get whacked as the scapegoat……my money is on the later.
Will someone, anyone make up our minds for us?