My thanks to John for these links.
Referring back to Secretary Rumsfeld's remarks on Wednesday referring to the LA Times prejudicial headline.
According to BG Kimmet
Kimmitt said the Marines called in the strike only after taking fire from the minaret the second time that day and realizing that their return fire was not enough to take out the enemy. This, he said, left the Marines with a choice:And now, I want you to see for yourself the before and after pictures of that mosque. Go look here now.
"Am I going to let my fellow Marines die, or am I going to recognize that that minaret has lost its protected status under international law and is being used as a firing platform and needs to go away?"
The Marines "made the right choice," Kimmitt said, by calling in precision strikes that toppled the minaret but inflicted "a minimal amount of collateral damage ... to any other part of that mosque."
And ask yourself...did you read this story and see these photos in your newspaper or on your TV news show?