Courageous Restraint

Abby Zimet

It's not just the ACLU
in the news for raising the issue of civilians killed by U.S. forces in
Iraq and Afghanistan; the leader of those forces is too. In remarkably
candid, little-noticed comments at a virtual town hall, Gen Stanley
McChrystal said that despite attempts to reduce civilian casualties,
"we've shot an amazing number of people," none of whom has been proven
to be a real threat. Is anyone in power listening? TPMmuckraker
has more.

"We really ask a lot of our young service people out on the
checkpoints because there's danger, they're asked to make very rapid
decisions in often very unclear situations. However, to my knowledge, in
the nine-plus months I've been here, not a single case where we have
engaged in an escalation of force incident and hurt someone has it
turned out that the vehicle had a suicide bomb or weapons in it and, in
many cases, had families in it... We've shot an amazing
number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has
proven to have been a real threat to the force."

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