Monday, December 15, 2008

A Firsthand Report From Afghanistan by the Scene's P.J. Tobia

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:58 AM

In yesterday's Washington Post, Scene staff writer P.J. Tobia provides a gripping eyewitness account of a U.S. military hearing in Afghanistan involving the abuse of detainees suspected of being Taliban operatives. Tobia went to Afghanistan to get a firsthand look at the challenges facing U.S. troops there. Though he had no idea he would happen upon an Article 32 inquiry (the military justice equivalent of a grand jury hearing), it provided him the perfect opportunity to explore the impossible situations U.S. soldiers must deal with as they walk the fine line between all-out war and nation-building. And the dozens of heated reader comments suggest that he really struck a nerve.

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