Sadly very true, but the Army lying to the family and the nation about what happened is the issue.
I agree that the lying was unjustified and unfortunate, but how many hearings and apologies will it take to soothe the pain of the family? I can’t imagine that keeping up the pressure, and damaging the credibility of the military anymore that it has already been damaged will prove helpful to anyone.
I lost a dear friend to Friendly Fire in Vietnam, and know it is even more painful to know that a loved one was killed by one of our own. But, parading the military leaders around in sack cloth and ashes isn’t helping anyone. Do you really think that any commander will purposely put his troops in danger. Just like with everything else in life, accidents unfortunately happen.
The lie should not have been told, but the bell can’t be unrung, how many apologies and hearings will be necessary to assuage the family’s pain? At some point they just become pawns of those who could care less about the loss of any soldier than they do about their own agenda.