Obama’s “It’s Our Fault” Approach Echoed By Hillary Clinton; But Facts Indicate Taliban Used “Human Shields”

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined others in taking the blame for, well, lots of things, when she said it was the fault of the United States that “innocent” people of Afghanistan were killed in the fighting due to U.S. action.

I thought, “Hillary is starting to sound like Congressman John Murtha, making judgements while a long way from the battlefield.  Judgements that the U.S. is always the one at fault.”

That’s the way President Barack Obama sounded on his last two overseas trips too: it is all America’s fault.

After Mrs Clinton said she and the U.S. “deeply, deeply” regretted the deaths, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai thanked Clinton for “showing concern and regret” and added that “we hope we can work together to completely reduce civilian casualties in the struggle against terrorism.”
.
Ralph Peters wrote in the New York Post this last week that “Lying about civilian casualties is the one sure way to impede or even halt US (or Israeli) operations, to force such tight restrictions on our troops that they can’t win.”

He also said, “Few journalists bother to investigate. If the Taliban, al Qaeda, Hezbollah or Hamas says it, it must be so. In Media Wonderland, terrorists never lie. Now everysuccessful strike on a Taliban target generates the instant claim that the dead were all civilians.  And it isn’t just the media who back the Taliban. The Obama administration — a case study in instant foreign-policy ineptitude — signs up, too.  The U.S. coalition blamed Taliban militants Saturdayfor causing what Afghan officials say are dozens of civilian deaths during a prolonged battle that included American airstrikes. The U.S. said an unspecified number of civilians died but did not take responsibility for any deaths.”

Read all of Peters:
Self Defeating U.S. War Strategy

**************************

 

KABUL – The U.S. coalition blamed Taliban militants Saturdayfor causing what Afghan officials say are dozens of civilian deaths during a prolonged battle that included American airstrikes. The U.S. said an unspecified number of civilians died but did not take responsibility for any deaths.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry declined to endorse the U.S. report, saying its own investigation would be completed soon.

Afghan officials have estimated up to 147 people died in the battle in the western province of Farah on Monday, but a U.S. spokeswoman called that number exaggerated. The U.S. report did not offer an estimate of the number killed in the battle.

The preliminary report said Taliban fighters herded Afghan villagers into houses to use as human shields while they fired on coalition forces in two villages in Farah. The report said that U.S. forces had responded to a call for help from Afghan forces and that militants attacked the troops from several locations.

The U.S. coalition blamed Taliban militants Saturdayfor causing what Afghan officials say are dozens of civilian deaths during a prolonged battle that included American airstrikes. The U.S. said an unspecified number of civilians died but did not take responsibility for any deaths.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry declined to endorse the U.S. report, saying its own investigation would be completed soon.

Afghan officials have estimated up to 147 people died in the battle in the western province of Farah on Monday, but a U.S. spokeswoman called that number exaggerated. The U.S. report did not offer an estimate of the number killed in the battle.

The preliminary report said Taliban fighters herded Afghan villagers into houses to use as human shields while they fired on coalition forces in two villages in Farah. The report said that U.S. forces had responded to a call for help from Afghan forces and that militants attacked the troops from several locations.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090509/ap_
on_re_as/as_afghanistan;_ylt=AlbNEENLtD
G.97PAoy5cL2Cs0NUE;_ylu=X3o
DMTJnc3NocW1pBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMD
kwNTA5L2FzX2FmZ2hhbmlzdGFuBGNw
b3MDNARwb3MDMTEEc2VjA3luX3R
vcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDdXNyZXBvcnRibGFt

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: