The Defense Department confirmed this week that a special forces service member was killed by an IED in Afghanistan. Jamie McIntyre of the Washington Examiner reports “despite the fact the U.S. military member was on a combat patrol, in a combat zone, getting combat pay, and died as a result of as hostile enemy action, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook declined to say the service member died ‘in combat.'” Jamie explained why the distinction is important, and also reviewed two Navy semantics decisions this week, on National Defense Week.
Photo: Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Sept. 8, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.