That appears to be in reference to this incident, in which a seven-day old baby boy was killed. The babyâ€™s father accused U.S. and Afghan troops of responsibility for the boyâ€™s death, though he was not an eyewitness to the raid on his house that presaged the death.
Without making any judgment about what happened here whatsoever, itâ€™s noteworthy that the U.S.â€™s response is to promptly mount an investigation. Thatâ€™s consistent with recent practice, and itâ€™s typically the responsible thing to do. Only in January, Defense Secretary Bob Gates told a Senate panel that the situation in Afghanistan is so precarious and the need to retain the support of a skeptical Afghan population so crucial that it makes sense to â€œfirst apologizeâ€ when it appears that the U.S. and allied forces kill civilians in error and then investigate. â€œWe have to get the balance right with the Afghan people or we will lose this war,â€ Gates warned.
So why hasnâ€™t that happened? Was that a proposal that didnâ€™t go anywhere? Iâ€™ve got a request out for information and will follow up when I learn something.
Source: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and The Washington Independent