The ambush at Wanat in Afghanistan is an amazing military endeavor: a handful of soldiers repelled a massive Taliban assault at a remote location. There are indications that a suspicion of the local population by the soldiers contributed to the attack. But rather than me trying to summarize, Tom Ricks owns this story, so read him.
Anyway, I’ve been working on a soon-to-be-published breaking-news piece and I feel neglectful of this blog, so I note that today Central Command finished its Wanat investigation and turned it over to the Department of the Army. Army Secretary John McHugh takes it from here:
“I have directed the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, Gen. Charles Campbell, to review the recommendations and take action as he deems appropriate with regard to Army personnel identified in the report within 90 days.
“We remain in close contact with the families of our fallen from this battle, and they will be invited to a comprehensive briefing on the investigation following Gen. Campbell’s actions.
“We must be an Army that is committed to continuous self-assessment and improvement. Analysis of this investigation’s findings provides us the opportunity to better ensure we are doing everything possible to safeguard the lives and treasure entrusted to us while ensuring mission success.”
The Army says that’s all they’re going to say publicly until the families “have been briefed on findings and any action taken,” but I’ll bet Tom will have much more very soon.