Dozens of civilians dead in Afghan air strikes by US

So how do you think the Obama followers are going to spin this one?

The International Red Cross has confirmed that dozens of people were killed in a US air strike in western Afghanistan on Monday. Local officials claim up to 100 civilians were killed while sheltering from a ground battle between Taliban militants and coalition forces.

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  1. J. Strupp says:

    Simple. By adding more troops to the Afghanistan campaign which is already being done.

    Karzai has been pleading with the U.S. and coalition members for years to minimize the airstrike as a combat tactic because the airstrike has resulted in heavy civilian casualties and continues to erode our support from the native population. Unfortunately, coalition forces have had no choice but to utilize the airstrike to support, “troops in contact” due to a severe shortage of coalition forces in the country. Afghanistan is roughly 1 1/2 times larger than Iraq yet our forces in Afghanistan number much less than half the number currently in Iraq. This has been the case since we all but deserted Afghanistan in search of other “targets”. These types of incidents have everything to do with our lack of troops on the ground there.

    Hopefully this is all about to change now that we are re-directing our efforts back towards the people who actually attacked our country 8 years ago.

  2. The Lorax says:

    Here’s my spin? It’s unacceptable no matter who’s administration sponsors the deaths.

  3. J. Strupp says:

    Agreed.

  4. J. Strupp says:

    Just in case you didn’t have a chance to see how the adminstration eventually spun this story:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/world/asia/22airstrikes.html?_r=1&hp

    From the article:

    “Air power contains the seeds of our own destruction if we do not use it responsibly,” General McChrystal told a group of his senior officers during a video conference last week. “We can lose this fight.”
    “When we shoot into a compound, that should only be for the protection of our forces,” he said. “I want everyone to understand that.”

  5. You left out this part:

    During a recent visit to Kabul, Mr. Gates said the American military would quickly apologize and offer compensation to survivors in cases of civilian deaths, even in advance of formal investigations to determine exactly what had happened.

    “I think the key for us is, on those rare occasions when we do make a mistake, when there is an error, to apologize quickly, to compensate the victims quickly, and then carry out the investigation,” Mr. Gates said after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai.

    So apologize away. It’s an Obama specialty. I mean, it’s not like it’s a war or anything.