Joint Chiefs chairman: ‘We owe the families’ answers on what happened in Niger

by David Brown
October 24, 2017

The nation’s top general said the military must explain to the nation and the families of the fallen what the services are doing in Africa and what led to the ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4.

“We owe the families as much information as we can find out about what happened, and we owe the American people an explanation of what their men and women were doing at this particular time,” Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chiefs chairman, told reporters on Monday. “When I say that I mean men and women in harm’s way anywhere in the world. They should know what the mission is and what we’re trying to accomplish when we’re there.”

Dunford was responding to a reporter who had pointed out that other members of the administration have hinted that journalists should not be asking questions about the events leading up to the ambush and the military’s response.

“[Questions about the operation] are all fair questions in my judgment,” Dunford said, without responding to the specific allegation. “In other words, that’s why we’re out here today, is to take your questions and provide as much information as we have. The only thing I’m asking for today is a bit of patience to make sure that what we provide to you when we provide it is factual.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • St. James says:

    Ignorance is bliss chw2000. Revenge is mine says the Lord. I am older and wiser than you. Jesus said, Peace I give you not as the world gives it. Vietnam
    in which I seen first hand was about corporation $$$$$$$$$$$. Were you there? Do not spit out venom w/o facts. At the end of WW11, the UN threw out God and decided they(men) could never let it happen again(genocide)? UN is a greedy, failed institution with dozens of genocides. Shall we go on?

  • St. James says:

    US is in 80 nations, what are “We the people” doing there? Why, making
    for corporations,lobbyists and politicians. Weapons do not bring peace!

    1. chw2000 says:

      “Weapons do not bring peace”. How old are you? It wasn’t pacifists that liberated the concentration camps of WWII. That didn’t happen by putting flowers in gun barrels. You really don’t know much about history. Hope you don’t melt snowflake.

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