Last November, the Pentagon announced that the soldiers involved in the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, had been suspended from duty. It was expected that the investigation following the massacre was over.
The results of that investigation have never been announced, but rumors continue to leak. The latest is in regard to the “punishment” of the soldiers. But if it is true what the Associated Press is reporting, picked up now throughout the Afghan press, there have only been disciplinary sentences and no criminal ones. That is, for the killing of dozens of civilians, possibly a war crime, the consequences were were little more than the suspensions previously announced by General John Campbell, then commander of the NATO Joint Force and in charge of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
The administration limited its action to a written reprimand, which can, at most, be an impediment to the continuation of a military career. Moreover, those higher up the chain of command have apparently been discharged of all responsibility. For now, Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, has no comment, pending an official announcement from the U.S. military.