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Philanthropic? I guess the bombs were sent pro bono?

[ by Charles Cameron — the horror! the incongruity! ]

Tablet DQ Philanthropic


To be fair, the Chronicle of Philanthropy carried this report because what happens to a MSF hospital in wartime is of appropriate interest to philanthropists.

The juxtaposition of journal title and topic, however, remains jarring — click on the link below and take a look at their page as it originally appeared, to see what I mean.


  • Chronicle of Philanthropy, Report Examines Afghan Forces’ Role in Hospital Bombing
  • New York Times Magazine, Doctors With Enemies: Did AfghanForces Target the M.S.F. Hospital?
  • One Response to “Philanthropic? I guess the bombs were sent pro bono?”

    1. Bob Weimann Says:

      I recently read the investigation on the Kunduz Hospital Bombing. It was heavily redacted but it presented some good changes along with some expected bad things. I honestly thought we were going to get our next round of court martial cases from this incident, however, most of the cases seem to be handled without court martials (and that is a good change).
      The punishments were: “The Pentagon announced Friday that 16 military personnel will be disciplined for the deadly U.S. strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October, but maintained that it was not a war crime because it resulted from unintentional human error and equipment failure. The military said some personnel involved “failed to comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict,” and that a general officer was among those facing discipline for their roles in the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital. The punishments include suspension and removal from command, letters of reprimand, formal counseling and extensive retraining. These punishments would have adverse effects on promotion of the personnel involved, according to the U.S. military. Twelve of the punishments were administered by U.S. Forces Afghanistan, while the remainder were carried out by U.S. Special Operations Command.” ( http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/politics/u-s-airstrike-hospital-afghanistan-investigation/ )
      The other good change is the incident was handled by the CENTCOM Combat Commander, from what I have seen to date, these “war crime” incidents are normally handled by the service side of the house and that is where the politics kick-in. Remember, only the Combat Commander has Combat Authority; the service chiefs are responsible to organize, equip and train. They have no authority to fight this country battles. Still, I feel, the 16 military personnel were thrown under the bus in an effort to cover up bad tactics and strategy by general officers. This next article is long but worth the read.
      The fall of Kunduz, in my estimate, is a Viet Nam, Tet Offensive, Hue City event. Kunduz is Afghanistan’s fifth largest city with a population of over 260,000 and would be a major embarrassment to our military, the Afghanistan government, and our president. Embarrassment because of the intelligence failure, the Afghanistan Forces cowardice, and the continued application of a bad strategy exercised by our generals and by our administration. The only thing that saved their “bacon” is this special forces unit (by my count no more the 40 people), a bunch of air strikes, and a AC-130 gun ship.
      General Campbell ordered these forty or so special forces soldiers to retake Kunduz…tactically the most unsound mission I have ever witnessed. When he gave that order he broke every tactical doctrine ever written about fighting in a city. He is lucky he didn’t lose the special forces team, the city and a AC-130 gunship. Notice that no general officer is punished, censored, or reprimanded. Instead of punishing these folks General Votel, the CENTCOM Commander, should be giving them medals for saving his bacon.

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