The shooting rampage immediately reignited a debate over whether to hasten the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, where American-led forces are scheduled to hand over security to their hosts by the end of 2014. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found US public sentiment against the war at near-record highs.
"I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering," said the president.
The tragedy came just days after Obama and Karzai spoke by video conference and agreed that tensions had "calmed" since the burning of Muslim holy books on a US base.
That incident had sparked violent protests in Afghanistan and the killing of six US service members at the hands of their Afghan counterparts. It also led Obama to apologize for the desecration of the Qurans in an attempt to quiet clashes that he said endangered US military and civilian personnel. Republican presidential candidates, notably Newt Gingrich, condemned the apology.
Panetta said in a statement that he had spoken to Karzai to offer "my deepest condolences" and that "a full investigation is already underway."
"I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those responsible to justice. We will spare no effort in getting the facts as quickly as possible, and we will hold any perpetrator who is responsible for this violence fully accountable under the law," said the defense secretary.
Ft. Hood wasn’t shocking though...because he was yelling allah akbar.
He didn’t say squat about our 6 US Military murdered after the koran (I wipe a dead pig’s a** with it) burning, did he? FUBO!
“tragic and shocking”
And what does he say about the Afghan soldiers killing of Americans?
“I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives,
And did Karzai offer the same to the families of Americans killed by his soldiers?
“I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those responsible to justice.
And when will the Afghan murderers of Americans be brought to justice?
It is unfortunate but it happens.
My grandfather told me about a guard at a POW camp in Germany who opened fire on German prisoners from a guard tower with a machine gun.
Karzai said it was an unforgivable act. What does the Afghanistan constitution say about terrorism and jihad against their own citizens. Just wondering.
In all likelihood, the SSGT in question had severe PTSD, and though he had repeatedly complained of it to his chain of command, it was either ignored, or he was accused of malingering.
I suspect that he had either an Article 15 or even a court martial pending. But this will only be known if his command doesn’t immediately destroy this evidence.
However, it he also complained to an honest chaplain or medical officer, it is a wholly different situation. There will be a huge investigation and a lot of people will face punishment.
As far as the SSGT goes, once properly evaluated by a psychiatrist, he will be shipped home and have to undergo intensive therapy and rehabilitation. Any military criminal punishment, oddly enough, will be mild, as what he did does not seriously interfere with morale and discipline.
There is an additional provision however. Not too long ago, congress passed a horrible law that made military personnel subject to civilian prosecution for acts they may have carried out overseas, after they have left the military. So if he is not prosecuted by the military, he may face an ambitious, anti-military prosecutor.
EyeGuy: The election, by a free people, blessed with the greatest system of limited government ever created, of a talentless, fringe radical, traitorous RaceMarxist, as Commander in Chief tragic and shocking.
Are there any reliable sources for that background facts of this incident? The usual disgusting apologies from the chimpanzee are not constructive. Considering the number of Americans who have been murdered by cowardly Tali scum masquerading as ‘friends’, sixteen wasted is barely good for starters. It goes without saying that by publicly announcing his intention to cut and run from Afghanistan, the chimpanzee has emboldened his co-religionist friends [Tali vermin] and thereby placed our Marines and soldiers yet remaining in country in a completely untenable and extremely dangerous position. But this is completely consistent with his consuming hatred for us, our country and our courageous warriors.
NA na na, this is not tragic nor shocking for OBama. THere is no act of tyranny he has not liked.
Somebody, please remind me what he said about Nidal Malik Hasan (the moslem who murdered unarmed people at Ft Hood).
Has he ever condemned the slaughter of American troops/American civilians by an Afghan or Iraqi soldier? Don't think so.
I’ll agree with Newt’s statement this morning. “We are better than this.” no moral equivalency, our soldiers should be judged by our standards not the Taliban’s. Let all the facts come out first. If the situation was as reported, a military court can deal with this guy. Same as the Ft. Hood killer. PTSD mat well be a mitigating factor and it is incontrovertible that the current ROE have put massive stress on soldiers, killing many.
OBama policy is responsible for this. Obama should be held accountable for killing innocent civilians. Obama is a war criminal!
Didn’t Obama jump to conclusions by implying the guilt of this soldier before trial and prosecution?
It’s Obama’s fault.