This tragedy did not need to take place. The secretary of defense holds a sacred trust with the American people and with the members of the armed forces, which he leads. He let both down. In many cases, we can excuse failure. However, the American public expects the government to protect its sons and daughters in combat and when a loss of life does occur to protect and care for the families who are left behind. This failure to do so cannot be excused.
An apology from the secretary to the American people followed by his resignation would be the mark of a true leader and the first step in righting this embarrassing event.
Major General, USA (Ret.)