Monday, March 12, 2012
Time to depart Afghanistan....at long last
I know in war (or police action or over-seas contingency operation or whatever the hell Afghanistan is) you have to keep otherwise outrageous atrocities in perspective, but one of our soldiers slaughtering 16 men, women, and children, to me means our time there is over....
From Politico -- Afghanistan’s parliament Monday demanded a public trial of the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 civilians, while the Taliban vowed revenge for the horrifying killings, according to reports.
In a statement on its website, the Taliban said “sick-minded American savages” committed a “blood-soaked and inhumane crime” in the Panjwayi district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, according to The Associated Press.
The U.S. has said the shootings were conducted by a lone American soldier who is now in custody.
Tell me how we can ever get back, if we ever had it, the trust of the Afghan people to effect change in their country after this? I don't think it's possible. I realize it was a single, crazed gunman acting alone, but who cares? He was a US soldier. That's all the Afghan people know or care about. The situation in Afghanistan is untenable now and it's time to leave them to their own devices and the mercy of the Taliban. Heaven knows we can't afford to stay there and no American can turn his back on anybody in that country now.