PF Sloan would have understood
What do you call a situation where you are accused of not doing what you will be condemned for doing? Answer: just another day. The Associated Press reports:
WASHINGTON — 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. 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. 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
There is something in this story for everyone. The photo is proof that the Taliban are 'operating in large numbers with impunity against a losing and helpless US military'. The photo is proof of the power of how weird the War on Terror is. The photo is also a thought experiment. What would be your thoughts if the the Predator drone had blown up the Taliban as these poor tribesmen were engaged in the traditional act of mourning? What would be your thoughts if the Taliban bombed a US military funeral at Arlington?