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Pentagon Answered To Donald Trump’s Cozying Up To Putin

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By Dan Bart | April 29, 2016 4:46 pm

Some time ago Donald Trump was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s habit of launching invasions and targeting critics. “He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader,” Trump replied, “unlike what we have in this country.”

Reminded that Putin is accused of ordering the murder of journalists, Trump effectively said he doesn’t actually believe the accusations and ultimately doesn’t much care. “Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also,” the Republican frontrunner said in December, 2015.

Now we have a case. A Pentagon investigation into a 2015 airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan found that the failures that led to the disaster did not amount to “a war crime” because they were not intentional, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said Friday, April 29, 2016.

Doctors Without Borders said they were not received any advance warning of US airstrike

Doctors Without Borders said they were not received any advance warning of US airstrike

The new top officer of the military’s Central Command, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, made the announcement during a Pentagon news conference. He said the military had conducted “a thorough investigation,” which was “painstaking” in seeking an “accurate account” of what had occurred.

Its conclusion is that neither the crew members of the gunship who fired on the hospital in the northern city of Kunduz nor the Special Forces on the ground who were directing the strike “knew they were striking a medical facility” and that the attack on the hospital was a result of human errors compounded by “process and equipment failures,” he said.

“This was an extraordinarily intense combat situation,” General Votel told reporters. The troops on the ground, he added, “were doing a variety of actions at the same time: They were trying to support their Afghan partners, they were trying to execute resupply operations, and they were trying to protect themselves.”

So killing a few dozens of people was a mistake and steps taken by several American service members during the attack were “inadequate,” and they identified 16 people whose conduct warranted disciplinary action.

According to some democrats Trump’s cozying up to Putin is a sign of trouble. So let’s take a hard line. How about just strike Russia first and then find out if this a punishable mistake or rightful action.

What Trump is trying to push isn’t just protectionism, but what current administration does can isolate us from the world.

Indeed, who’s ultimately responsible for the diplomatic “tensions” and “hostility” between Russia and the United States?

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