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Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan

So blares the revised headline from the Washington Times. When this story ran in the print edition, it was the headline story entitled "Was SEAL Team 6 crash an inside Job?" The sub-head screamed "Families demand answers from the worst day of war in Afghanistan."


Sith Douangdara, whose 26-year-old son, John, was a Navy expeditionary specialist who handled warrior dog Bart, said he has lots of unanswered questions.

"I want to know why so many U.S. servicemen, especially SEALs, were assembled on one aircraft," he said. "I want to know why the black box of the helicopter has not been found. I want to know many things."

Not all families believe the fact-finding investigation, conducted by Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt covered all issues. Gen. Colt, who has since been promoted to major general, told commanders that his job was not to find fault and his report did not criticize any person or decision.

"Somebody was leaking to the Taliban," said [Charlie] Strange, whose son intercepted communications as a Navy cryptologist. "They knew. Somebody tipped them off. There were guys in a tower. Guys on the bush line. They were sitting there, waiting. And they sent our guys right into the middle."

The big question, of course, is will they get answers? The families involved probably have deep ties to the military, and—I say this with all possible sincerity—likely started off as true believers. But, really now, what do they expect?


What do they expect in an era when an official "taking responsibility" actually means that they are NOT taking responsibility? Do they expect a scene out of Perry Mason, in which the perp breaks down and confesses?

And, what about General Colt? Can you imagine Douglas MacArthur or George Patton toadying to anyone the way all of our military leadership now does? Just one more example of why the Nuremberg Trials were a crock: YOU must use discretion in following orders, but for our side...not so much.


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