Air Force Voices would like to offer condolences to the Bossert Family as well as the other families with loved ones killed in the line of duty.
In his message to Major Mike, Tim Bossert writes:
"What is being done at these checkpoints so that something like this never happens again?" I thought our military had put in extra safties to help guard against a checkpoint bomb ... I hope that her [Italian Journalist] placing blame on our soldiers does not lead to more direct deaths of this nature."
Major Mike offers no easy answers (there aren't any) except this:
"I wrote what I did because even the smallest seed of doubt by the troops in the line could cost them their lives. Sgrena [the Italian Journalist] needs to be aware of this and the heavy brass needs to be aware of this, so that our troops in the field WILL do exactly what needs to be done when the moment comes. I don't want them to hesitate because there is some hint of an investigation, or CNN is portraying all checkpoint soldiers as wonton murderers."
I agree...our troops must not be distracted by doubts. Split-second decisions are the difference between life and death. Our troops train and train and train so when they go into a combat zone, they are fully prepared both mentally and physically and emotionally to comply with established Rules of Engagement.
We need to support our troops ... provide them with relevant training (see post below) and not second-guess them.