Joshua Waddell, a first lieutenant in the U.S.
Marines, appeared on his way to a stellar career as an American military
officer. The son of a retired Navy SEAL commander, Waddell had won a
Bronze Star during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and had
returned for a second.
Then he made a decision in combat that military experts say has severely jeopardized his future in the corps.
But some military experts say the black mark
on Waddell's record was undeserved, that he and other young American
officers are being put in a difficult, if not impossible, situation by
unreasonable rules of engagement foisted upon the military by
politically sensitive commanders in the Pentagon.
The facts in Waddell's case are spelled out in
Marine Corps documents. But how those facts should be interpreted is a
matter of heated dispute.
On Nov. 1, Waddell, a 25-year-o
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