When I first heard of the Air attack on the Doctors Without Borders (DWB) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, my first thoughts were, we don’t make mistakes quite like that. What I mean is that we don’t mistakenly bomb the same target repeatedly. So, the question then was why did we bomb the hospital? Had the Taliban taken over? Where US forces underfire from the hospital? DWB says, no. The Taliban weren’t there at that time. The US has some pretty restrictive rules on attacking hospitals and religious sites.
Remember, we have at times (not sure if these rules are still in effect) not allowed our soldiers to fire at buildings if there was even a remote chance of civilians located inside. So, how could this happen?
It appears in our inept attempt to push the war to the Afghan Government (Iraq, Syria) we are relying on non-US or ISAF allies to call in air strikes. Didn’t anyone think this might not be a good idea? We have in the recent past had incidents where one rival warlord, Sheik, Muktar, gave bad information on the whereabouts of insurgent forces just to assault another rival. Have we forgotten that local forces are not always working in the same interests are US forces? They also don’t have the same qualms about killing innocent people.
I also wonder, what lower ranking US military officer will take the blame for this and have his career ruined because they followed a piss poor policy.
Our leaders either don’t understand the culture and people we are dealing with or they do and this is just part of the plan. Either way doesn’t bode well for US foreign policy, which is a complete goat rope.
Remember this incident when someone says we can support non-US/NATO/ISAF ground forces from the air without “OUR” boots on the ground.