Marine Gen. John Allen stressed that though a handful of recent high-profile incidents — including Quran burnings and apparent desecration of Afghan corpses — were all "the result of a leadership failure of some form," he believes the majority of noncommissioned officers, staff NCOs and young officers are "extraordinarily well-trained."Congress and the President should insist they do a serious job of it. And Congress should investigate on its own.
"Repeated tours in Afghanistan, and prior to that, in Iraq, don't inherently reduce the effectiveness of the force or reduce the effectiveness of small-unit leadership," Allen said. "I’m confident the institution is solid."
While declining to offer specifics, Allen said investigators in the Bales case will look at factors that may have contributed to the massacre.
"We’re investigating this very thoroughly," he said.
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