Pentagon: shooting of Reuters journalists in Iraq justified

Discussion in 'Iraq' started by Gunny, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Gunny
    Offline

    Gunny Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2004
    Messages:
    44,689
    Thanks Received:
    6,753
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Location:
    The Republic of Texas
    Ratings:
    +6,770
    Keeping one's dumb ass the Hell away from a firefight comes to mind as "better training for journalists."
     
  2. editec
    Offline

    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    41,427
    Thanks Received:
    5,598
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Maine
    Ratings:
    +5,617
    I'll second that emotion.
     
  3. jillian
    Offline

    jillian Princess Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    69,551
    Thanks Received:
    13,012
    Trophy Points:
    2,220
    Location:
    The Other Side of Paradise
    Ratings:
    +22,427
    Reporters have always been in danger covering war zones, but I'm so very surprised the pentagon would say it was "justified".
     
  4. Gunny
    Offline

    Gunny Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2004
    Messages:
    44,689
    Thanks Received:
    6,753
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Location:
    The Republic of Texas
    Ratings:
    +6,770
    Because they actually targetted the vehicle. It wasn't an accidental shooting, or it would be categorized as an accident.

    The actions of the troops because they targetted the vehicle had to be "justified."
     
  5. RetiredGySgt
    Offline

    RetiredGySgt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    39,509
    Thanks Received:
    5,897
    Trophy Points:
    1,140
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +8,920
    Yup they can not use the word accident because the troops fired on the vehicle on purpose. Thus either they fired on it legally with in the ROE or they did not. That is why the word Justified is used.
     
  6. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,483
    Thanks Received:
    4,840
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,279
    Polly want a cracker?
     
  7. Abelian Sea
    Offline

    Abelian Sea o_O

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Messages:
    659
    Thanks Received:
    177
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Ratings:
    +177
    I dunno, I'm pretty inclined to nod to the Pentagon on this one.

    So, while responding to an ambush these soldiers encounter someone in an unmarked van pointing equipment at them, and follow their training.

    The cameraman's death was certainly a tragedy, but I think it would be highly inappropriate to punish those soldiers for it.

    Very true.
     
  8. RetiredGySgt
    Offline

    RetiredGySgt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    39,509
    Thanks Received:
    5,897
    Trophy Points:
    1,140
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +8,920
    Moron want a swift kick in the butt?
     
  9. dread
    Offline

    dread Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Messages:
    603
    Thanks Received:
    42
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ratings:
    +43


    :popcorn:
     
  10. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,483
    Thanks Received:
    4,840
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,279
    Considering the stories I've heard about you, you ain't getting anywhere NEAR my butt.
     

Share This Page