The heavy-handed tactics of Colonel Michael Steele, the commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division in northern Iraq, were viewed by some as a contributing factor to the Iron Triangle Murders in 2006.
Today, a dispatch from Charlie Simpson suggests that the same might be true in a recent string of alleged murders in Afghanistan. Simpson accuses the commander of the brigade in question (the 5th Stryker Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division) of establishing a "savage command climate" in Afghanistan, attributing the alleged murders directly to the command climate.
It's a short, but damning piece, to say the least.
Focus: In what ways have you seen your command positively or negatively set "the tone" in Iraq or Afghanistan?