They should never have been brought, but it is good news this travesty ends now.
Criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Walter Taylor, who had faced potential imprisonment for negligent homicide in the 2011 death of a civilian doctor in Afghanistan....
Taylor, 31, has said he had only seconds to decide whether an unidentified figure emerging from a car near a shootout with insurgents was about to detonate another bomb. The shootout had erupted after a roadside bomb seriously injured five other soldiers.
As it happened, the person he fatally shot was the head of the obstetrics department at a nearby hospital, returning with her family from a wedding.
“It’s not just a victory for me, it’s a victory for all the soldiers,” Taylor said in an interview Thursday. “For all the soldiers that did great things down range [in Afghanistan]. They don’t have to think in their mind that one of their comrades was being done wrong.”
We owe those we place in harm's way the benefit of the doubt when they make split-second decisions with life or death implications. It is absolutely antithetical to good morale and discipline to have the perfumed princes in the rear with the gear second-guessing those who act in good faith. Taylor didn't want to shoot the wrong person, but when he pulled the trigger he was reacting properly to a perceived threat. That is what he is supposed to do.
SFC Taylor, you have our apologies for the disgraceful actions of the chair-warming losers who did this to you and our thanks for your faithful service. He is currently recovering from wounds received in combat and hopes to remain in the military.