The top U.S. commander in Iraq said Monday he was "greatly concerned" by a recent survey that concluded many combat troops in Iraq would not report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian.Yet as observant commentators noted, the report was actually finished back in November and Friday's release was only the public release. The NY Times explained:
The report was provided in November to Gen. George W. Casey Jr., then the senior American commander in Iraq.If Casey had the report, it's a pretty safe assumption that his replacement also had it. Yet Petreaus has waited until now to decide to draft a memo to his command about ethical lapses! That's how "greatly concerned" he is.
And the entire AP annual meeting seems to have missed the obvious.