...it was a mistake.
I think the thing that drives me utterly batshit crazy about stuff like this is that "we" - our expeditionary forces and the foreign policy staffs that are supposed to be in charge of them - never seem to get how punitive these "mistakes" are. We seem to have so completely lost sight of the strategic and geopolitical goals for the tactical minutiae that we seem to think that we can just lie and deny and roll past them and if we do the locals will forget the way the U.S. public does.
I don't know...maybe the U.S. public is the target for all this lie-and-deny. It seems pretty pointless to try and fool the locals; I mean, when bombs fall on your head and birds and your foreign occupiers' aircraft are the only ones in the sky...who's responsible? It ain't rocket science.
We've been doing this shit for twelve years now. The mantra after Vietnam was that we wouldn't do the whole "one year twelve times" thing that produced the condition called "CRS Syndrome". But it seems like we haven't learned anything. We still can't remember shit like "the only worse thing than bombing people you're supposed to be fighting alongside/for is bombing them and leaving some alive to tell the tale."
We Are STILL So Fucked.