What sticks out for me is the lack of soldiers needed for this convoy. It's a gruesome story, and a sad one at that, but really shines the light again on our lack of preparedness. It also explains why soldiers in North Carolina refused orders that believed were unsafe.
One of Halliburton's employees is also bringing suit against the company:
The families say their loved ones died in the service of their country. They wonder about the repercussions if a general sent soldiers without training, weapons, armor or adequate communications into a battle zone.I wonder how long it will be before a Republican Senator introduces a bill preventing those employees from suing companies performing military duties?
The family of driver Tony D. Johnson, 47, of Riverside, plans to file a lawsuit in state court Monday accusing Halliburton of negligence in his death. It is the first of several lawsuits expected in connection with the case.
Marjorie Bell Smith is the mother of Tim Bell, the Halliburton driver who is missing and presumed dead. Outside a modest brick home in a Mobile suburb one recent spring day, the azalea and dogwood were bursting into bloom. Inside, the family grieved. "We don't want medals," said Smith, 68. "We want the truth."