I was planning a lengthy post on the news that the Army’s review of the Battle of Wanat has been completed. But frankly, I’m a bit of a mess and undecided as to what is what. I’m getting conflicting views on what the real ground truth is (and I say this as someone who read the entire preliminary report when it was leaked). That said, other folks have a lot to say about this.
CDR Salamander thinks the Army is covering for its senior leaders.
Here’s the WaPo take on the matter.
Neptunus Lex chimes in.
And finally, Uncle Jimbo thinks the revised report is more the ground truth than the others.
I’ll just say this- while I do NOT want to see a return to a zero defect mentality, I also think senior leaders should be held accountable. Yes, the enemy gets a vote in every combat action. And we don’t want to see leaders so worried about how their actions will be reviewed that they instead take no action at all. But even honest mistakes call for accountability.
I had a friend that accidently fired 7 rounds from a SAW. Each round managed to hit two soldiers. Those two soldiers were critically wounded, but survived. My friend was court-martialed, and sentenced to 18 months in prison. For an honest, if stupid, mistake. A moment of inattention at about 3am. If enlisted soldiers can be sent to jail for making a mistake, is it too much for a senior officer to receive a letter of reprimand?