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May 03, 2005

Italians Still Want to Blame US for their Own Stupidity

From ABCNews:

Italian investigators blamed U.S. military authorities for failing to signal there was a checkpoint ahead on the Baghdad road where American soldiers killed an Italian agent, and concluded that stress, inexperience and fatigue played a role in the shooting, according to a report released Monday.

The probe found no evidence that the March 4 killing of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari was deliberate.

In other words: The US blamed it on Italian stupidity and Italy blamed it on American stupidity. Someone once explained to me the philosophy of crosswalks, “Yeah, you might have the right of way, but if they're in a truck and you're on foot, they're gonna win.” Maybe the Americans were trigger happy, but given their location and the behavior of the bad guys they faced every day I'd hardly call that a bad thing, because it's spared their lives on many occasions. Now the Italians on the other hand might have been fearful of the area and wanted to get out quick, but when it comes down to who had the burden of letting the guys with the guns know the people in the little blue car were good guys...I'd say that was an Italian job.

Coverage: Captain's Quarters, Outside the Beltway, Patterico (also here), Hyscience, Jawa Report, Myopic Zeal

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 3, 2005 10:28 AM

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Italians said that the road block (not a checkpoint!) was not visible as they were rounding the curve to the Irish Route onramp.

There were no written warning signs, i.e., stop, slow down, danger, as called for in rules of engagement.

As it was a temporary road block (for the passing of John Negroponte on his way to have dinner with General Casey at Camp Victory), they had no way of knowing that it would be there. If fact, the road block was still in place almost an hour after Negroponte and his convoy had traveled the Irish Route.

Posted by: Eva at May 3, 2005 06:29 PM

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