Wednesday, June 20, 2012

US Probe Calls for Punishment of Troops in Quran Burning

IF, and that's a very big IF, anyone should be punished it's the Commander in Chief himself for instituting policies that make the good military prosecution of the war in Afghanistan virtually impossible.  Obama's insistence on Political Correctness, COIN and a deathly fear of "offending" Muslims in any way has put our troops in more danger and has cost more American and allied troops lives than otherwise.

Why isn't Obama standing up for his troops and telling Afghanistan and the rest of the Islamic world to go pound sand?  He's already groveled several times while apologizing for the burning of the Qurans.  That's all that's necessary.

A good leader does not throw the lower ranks to the dogs over the consequences of his own ineptitude.  

It's time for Obama to step up.


US Probe Calls for Punishment of Troops in Quran Burning
Posted Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

A U.S. military investigation into the burning of Qurans at Bagram Air Base near the Afghan capital, Kabul, last February has recommended disciplinary action against up to seven troops.

U.S. military officials said Tuesday no final decision has been made yet on the findings of the probe. According to the officials, one member of the Navy and up to six Army troops could face administrative punishments, but no criminal charges.

NATO troops stationed at Bagram attempted to dispose of a load of Qurans by setting them on fire, but were stopped by Afghan employees.

The incident sparked deadly riots across Afghanistan and attacks on NATO troops that killed some 30 people and led to the deaths of four Americans and plunged relations between coalition troops and their Afghan allies to an all-time low.

U.S. President Barak Obama apologized for the incident.

A preliminary joint investigation by senior U.S. and Afghan military officials in March concluded that while mistakes were made in the burning of copies of Islam's Holy books, there was no intent to desecrate them.