March 6, 2005

Our Bad

An Italian journalist is taken hostage in Iraq. She's freed after a month. Then US soldiers shoot at her on the way to the airport, wound her and kill an Italian intelligence agent. Needless to say, this is causing a bit of trouble with one of the few allies we have on Iraq not named Great Britain.

I like this take on the event by the Washington Note:

The bottom line is that we have troops at check-points who are so fearful for their lives that they are trigger-happy and shoot just about anything that they don't understand.

The answer is to either smarten up our soldiers or get them out. This death is going to sour much of whatever cosmetic good just came from Bush's trip to Europe.

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