Military Declined to Bomb Group of Taliban at Funeral
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press Writer September 14, 05:25 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military
acknowledged Wednesday that it considered bombing a group of more than 100
Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan but decided not to after determining
they were on the grounds of a cemetery.
(ap) - This should be Positive News for the American
Leftist Media, shouldn't it?... We did not Attack a Funeral @ a Cemetery. Why is
this "Controversial"?... If we had Bombed it, there would have been Controversy
over that also. This story, that should have been over yesterday, is a Prime
Example of why no matter what the US Military does, it will be Spun into
something Controversial. - tha malcontent)
The decision came to light after an NBC News correspondent's blog carried a
photograph of the insurgents. Defense department officials first tried to block
further publication of the photo, then struggled to explain what it depicted.
(Seriously... Say what you mean, AP. - tha
NBC News claimed U.S. Army officers wanted to attack the ceremony with missiles
carried by an unmanned Predator drone but were prevented under rules of
battlefield engagement that bar attacks on cemeteries.
(Again, a good Policy in according to the Left, yet
it is being Spun as something far less than Good. - tha malcontent)
In a statement released Wednesday, the U.S. military in Afghanistan said the
picture - a grainy black-and-white photo taken in July - was given to a
journalist to show that Taliban insurgents were congregating in large groups.
The statement said U.S. forces considered attacking.
(And had they, it would have been wall-to-wall
Coverage and there would have been Protests Worldwide over it. We would have had
Statements from John Kerry and Dick Durbin Condemning the Action with
Comparisons of our Soldiers to Nazis and Saddam's Military. - tha malcontent)
"During the observation of the group over a significant period of time, it was
determined that the group was located on the grounds of (the) cemetery and were
likely conducting a funeral for Taliban insurgents killed in a coalition
operation nearby earlier in the day," the statement said. "A decision was made
not to strike this group of insurgents at that specific location and time."
(More good 411, yet I get this Tone from the AP that
they are being Critical of the Military for not Killing these "Alleged
Insurgents"... Interesting. - tha malcontent)
While not giving a reason for the decision, the military concluded the statement
saying that while Taliban forces have killed innocent civilians during a
funeral, coalition forces "hold themselves to a higher moral and ethical
standard than their enemies."
(Uh, yeah!... Of course, the AP doesn't believe a
word of it, as their Wire Copy Illustrates on a Daily. - tha malcontent)
The photo shows what NBC News says are 190 Taliban militants standing in several
rows near a vehicle in an open area of land. Gunsight-like brackets were
positioned over the group in the photo.
("What NBC News says"?... When are they the
Authority? - tha malcontent)
The photo appeared on NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders' blog. Initially
military officials called it an unauthorized release, but they later said it was
given to the journalist.
(For what Purposes, is the Question... By the way,
Sander's is one of my Children in the Blogosphere... They all are. - tha
NBC News had quoted one Army officer who was involved with the spy mission as
saying "we were so excited" that the group had been spotted and was in the
sights of a U.S. drone. But the network quoted the officer, who was not
identified, as saying that frustration soon set in after the officers realized
they couldn't bomb the funeral under the military's rules of engagement.
(I really, REALLY Hate Unnamed Sources... It Stinks
of Dishonesty, and always has. - tha malcontent)
Defense Department officials have said repeatedly that while they try to be
mindful of religious and cultural sensitivities, they make no promises that such
sites can always be avoided in battle because militants often seek cover in
those and other civilian sites.
(It's called Collateral Damage, AP... You Know this.
Deliberately Targeting Civilians is what Clinton had the Butcher of Belgrade do
back during his Tenure... That would be Former General Wesley Clark (D-Failed
Presidential Candidate) - tha malcontent)
Mosques and similar locations have become frequent sites of violence in the
U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have often been targets of
insurgents and sectarian fighting in Iraq.
(That has an Insinuation that the US is Responsible
for Violence @ Mosques... Just what our Enemy wants from you, AP. Quality work
as usual! - tha malcontent)
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