Last year we sent a company of 120 SpecOps Marines to Afghanistan, where their patrol was hit by a suicide bomber and ambushed. Twenty minutes after the attack, the media-savvy enemy began broadcasting false stories that the Marines had killed 10 civilians, contrary to the testimony of the Marines.


 Last year we sent a company of 120 SpecOps Marines to Afghanistan, where their patrol was hit by a suicide bomber and ambushed. Twenty minutes after the attack, the media-savvy enemy began broadcasting false stories that the Marines had killed 10 civilians, contrary to the testimony of the Marines.
    Army Col. Nicholson apologized profusely and made generous payments to Afghans who claimed injuries. He’s the guy who made the classic “I am embarrassed to be an American” speech: "So I stand before you today, deeply, deeply ashamed and terribly sorry that Americans have killed and wounded innocent Afghan people. We are filled with grief and sadness at the death of any Afghan, but the death and wounding of innocent Afghans at the hand of Americans is a stain on our honor and on the memory of the many Americans who have died defending Afghanistan and the Afghan people. This was a terrible, terrible mistake, and my nation grieves with you for your loss and suffering. We humbly and respectfully ask for your forgiveness."
    At a court of inquiry, Nicholson acknowledged that the number of dead and wounded had not been established and that U.S. troops who arrived on the scene 30 minutes after the bombing found no dead or wounded Afghans.
    The court concluded that the Marines acted appropriately and recommended every Marine in the convoy be awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a sergeant injured during the blast receive the Purple Heart.
    These Marines are now burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and their reputations have been smeared. In war you cannot hesitate, you cannot question the support that you need.
     I ask that only winning officers be promoted. I strongly object to Army Brig. Gen. Nicholson being promoted to “deputy commander of Command South in Afghanistan.”
 
T.E. Galvin 
Overland Park