Skip to comments.Massacre makes Obama 'more determined' to exit Afghanistan
Posted on 03/12/2012 7:05:49 PM PDT by Olog-hai
President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier raises his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan, while a U.S. official said the accused staff sergeant previously had suffered traumatic brain injury.
Sunday's shootings triggered angry calls from Afghans for an immediate American exit. Obama said there should not be a "rush to the exits" for U.S. forces who have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and that the drawdown must be carried out in a responsible way.
The accused U.S. Army staff sergeant walked off his base in the southern province of Kandahar in the middle of night and gunned down at least 16 villagers, mostly women and children.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the death penalty could be sought in the U.S. military justice system against the soldier, whose name has not been publicly disclosed.
Referring to Sunday's massacre, Obama said in an interview with KDKA, a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh: "It makes me more determined to make sure we're getting our troops home."
"It's time. It's been a decade, and, frankly, now that we've gotten (Osama) bin Laden, now that we've weakened al Qaeda, we're in a stronger position to transition than we would have been two or three years ago," Obama added, referring to the al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces last year in Pakistan.
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Afghans havn’t started rioting and killing yet. ......maybe they see the dog is off the leash.
” his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan”?
Wasn’t Afganistan obammy’s just war?
He wanted us out of the bad war in Iraq that Bush started and us in Afganistan.
Obammy is a fool.
Get us out of the damned moosie world.
Getting out of their “world” won’t get them out of our world, so to speak.
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