Why Won’t Defense Dept. Allow U.S. Soldiers to Testify in Aussie Soldier’s Death?

I suppose cover ups and evasion are the name of the game if an American executive administration lies its country into a war and then solicits international neighbors to lend their forces to the effort to shore up legitimacy for its catastrophic blunder.

What really stings, however, is when the U.S. Defense Department thumbs its nose at our international neighbors after their sons and daughters also give their lives for our president’s military ejaculation.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting our Defense Department is refusing to allow two soldiers who witnessed the death of an Australian soldier, Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, in Iraq in 2005 to testify before the Australian coronor’s inquest. The two American soldiers submitted written testimony that they had seen Pardoel’s RAF Hercules hit “a huge fireball fired from the ground and then explode in mid-air, shortly after it took off from Baghdad International Airport.”

Apparently, the two American soldiers and an Iraqi farmer are the only witnesses to Pardoel’s death. Coroner David Masters poses the relevant question, “I just wonder . . . what the attitude would have been if the boot had been on the other foot.” Me too, Mr. Masters, me too.

What a great way of increasing bilateral relations by giving one huge “fuck you” to a country when one of theirs dies because the leader of our country is a shitbrick who had something to prove to papa.


2 Responses to “Why Won’t Defense Dept. Allow U.S. Soldiers to Testify in Aussie Soldier’s Death?”

  1. 1 Paige
    October 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Look, W generally can’t even include Australia on the list of allies who are there with us in Iraq. Of course this Aussie exclusion isn’t new. We generally think that we were the only ones in Vietnam, too.

  2. 2 Rob
    October 23, 2008 at 10:29 am


    To put it on equal footing, they still haven’t been truthful about what happened to Pat Tillman and his family has been pretty vocal about the questions they have, only to be shut out by the media, like in this case.

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