"Can you hear me? Over!" - No. No, I cannot...
Deflection - one of the many tools in the military press relations bag. Turning the Press Briefing about the October U.S. bombing of a "Doctors Without Borders" hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
into a satellite briefing, with deliberately(!) no access to the reporting General, while he himself defers to his press secretary ... in Afghanistan, who did not answer the journalist questions, but read again and again, in a robotic, brainless manner, the press release, the DoD provided him.
Nobody at the Pentagon wanted to face the music of the Washington DC veteran Pentagon press.
Simple questions did not find any answers today. Instead the U.S. military is doing this dance of "we are sorry", "we are heartbroken, about this terrible tragedy", yet it was
no 'tragedy' - there were no Greek Gods involved. Instead the chain of events, reported by the Doctors on the ground are pretty clear.
The U.S. military doing a 'mea culpa' in hope, that this event will not be followed by the demand for a real, international and independent investigation
, or God forbid, the International Court of Justice
. But to support this "we got this attitude", the spokesperson's for the U.S. military must be far more transparent and answer more honestly and in more detail what happened and - more importantly - why
Beyond this particular incident, make no mistake, the U.S. military is bombing hundreds of targets every month and civil casualties are a daily affair
. This time, the attacks just happen to hit the MSF hospital - people who have a clear voice and are being heard in the West - unlike civilians in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan.#MSF #Pentagon #DoctorsWithoutBorders #Afghanistan #CENTCOM #ROI #JTAC