Sixteen dead, including 9 children.
Imagine if the circumstances were reversed and this happened in America. Can you just hear Rush Limbaugh now?
Pres. Karzai is an untrustworthy man, so giving him any moral authority while our troops are dug in makes me shudder.
Obama has called Karzai and expressed “shock and sadness at the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians,” according to a White House readout of the call. Obama also extended “his condolences to the people of Afghanistan,” and made it clear that the Administration would get to the bottom of what happened and “hold fully accountable anyone responsible.”
The report from Al Jazeera:
Sixteen Afghan civilians including three women and nine children have been shot dead in their homes by a rogue US soldier in a pre-dawn rampage.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the slaughter on Sunday as “unforgivable” and furiously demanded an explanation from Washington.
“When Afghan people are killed deliberately by US forces this action is murder and terror and an unforgivable action,” Karzai said in statement.
The White House released the following statement:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2012
Statement by the President on Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan
I am deeply saddened by the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. 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. This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan. I fully support Secretary Panetta’s and General Allen’s commitment to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible.