Military stays tight-lipped about a soldier's sacrifice

  • Article by: ROD NORDLAND , New York Times
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 7:05 PM

Colleagues and friends of Specialist Dennis Weichel have shared his rescue of an Afghan boy, but no official account has been released.

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justsammyApr. 1, 12 7:50 AM

Afghans will never understand our criminal justice system, even in our military, or our sentencing guidelines. But does it matter? Their tribal instincts are on high alert, and it matters not if we try to build their country in terms of whether they want us there. We reign down targeted death from the skies, pay off the families of the innocents we kill, and then say it will take more time. Much more time. Be patient the generals say. I do not see this strategy ever working, no matter how much time and money are given up. Lets see if we can repair our own tribal warfare between the North and the South, Red states and Blue, and then I'll tell you we know enough about nation building to make Afghans start affirmative action for women in their country.

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slappy069Apr. 1, 1210:05 AM

This soldier is an example of the vast majority of our troops. Risking their lives daily for something bigger than themselves. My sympathies to the family and friends and my hopes this thread can stay on topic and celebrate the life and honor of Sgt Weichel.

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eclectic51Apr. 1, 1211:45 AM

Was it a military vehicle that would have run over a 10 yr old, but ran over Sgt Weichel instead? That may explain the tight lipped military response. My sympathies to the Weichel family.

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