In yesterday's Washington Post
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.