With Israel under the gun for Gaza War civilian casualties, including accusations by Amnesty International that it committed war crimes, the Obama administration swept to Israel’s defense, showing the United States to be the stalwart ally it has always been as Israel defends itself against neighbors who allow children to be used as shields while they lob bombs onto Israeli’s heads.
Well, not exactly. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki today grumbled that Israel did not doing enough to protect Gaza civilians. Her statement contradicted remarks Thursday by Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, who knows a bit more about war than Psaki and said Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit casualties.
I would point you to the Chairman’s teams for more specifics on his comments, It remains the broad view of the entire administration that they could have done more and that they should have taken more feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.
From Dempsey’s remarks:
I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” Dempsey told the group . . . In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties.