Reports that Gen. David Petraeus, the top US Commander in Afghanistan, accused parents in rural Kunar Province of burning their children simply to make the US “look bad” sparked considerable consternation, and what passes these days for an “explanation” from the military.
“Petraeus never said that children’s hands and feet were purposely burned by their families in order to create a civilian casualty event,” insisted spokesman Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, and here’s where the explanation falls off the rails again.
“Rather, he said that the injuries to the children appeared inconsistent with the types of munitions used and that the burns to their hands and feet may have been the result of discipline sometimes handed out to Afghan children. Regrettably this is customary among some Afghan fathers as a way of dealing with children who misbehave,” Smith continued.
That’s right, the Afghan government wasn’t mad that Petraeus said parents burned their kids to make him look bad, the Afghan government was mad because Petraeus said Afghan parents burn their kids all the time.
At least that’s the official stance, which itself prompted an angry rebuke from Afghan officials, who insisted that the claim was “insulting and racist” and that “Afghans love their children.” President Karzai is expected to seek “clarification” of the allegations.
Of course, we should not lose sight of the fact that these “explanations” initially came out of the reports that NATO had killed 64 people, including a large number of children, in Kunar. Ultimately, however, it seems the explanations and the speculation about burning children as a matter of course may be even more damaging.
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Petraeus is full of the bulls*#t! Well and, he's now crossed over into the realm of "performance idiocy." Lunacy?
I suppose it is no different from the Christian Right who are more than happy to send their children off to war, on the basis that it is a war to fight the Heathen Muslim!
Seriously, Petraeus needs to be fired for such comments or better still, a trip to the Hague for ALLOWING his troops to wage war on Children, the amount that he has allowed to be killed is much much more than collateral damage.
Killing civilians indiscriminately is a war crime and what is being done by the US falls squarely in that area.
This should establish that Petraeus is indeed a psychopath. Somebody put him in charge of an army? oh my…
Another prime example of talking head being 'hoist by his own petard'- he threw the "burning kids" comment out there for no other reason than sensationalism- not truth- and when he's caught out he's backtracking to explain what he *really* meant. Such are the verbal games that we have to wade through to get to the truth. As a veteran myself, it's sad to see when a military commander of Petraeus' stature not able to give a truthful statement- military men are supposed to deal in facts, not lies. If I had told my CO my equipment was ready when it was not, he'd have had my hide- so, too, must we hold this general's feet to the fire.
It took McChrystal 3 major infractions before Obama would fire him. I'm thinking of a photo of the two in a parley aboard Air Force 1 on the runway in Kobenhavn. Obama supposedly went there to promote a US city as a possible host for a future Olympics. By coincidence, Stan had just dissed Obama at a British think tank 2 days prior.
This is Petraeus 7th major infraction.
This President must be HOPE-ing that the Generals selected by Bush for their loyalty to GW personally will CHANGE and give their loyalty to Obama, or at least to the nation.
I've actually seen that movie, and I know how it ends.
Time to pull a Harry F. Truman on him, but quick.
The Chief Quisling just realized his Masters are racist and bigoted Nazi Scum?
Petraeus the only General in world history who talks with his foot in his mouth while his head is up his ass, is lionized with USG, MSM recited propaganda as being the greatest general since Alexander the Great, is the best West Point can do. Pathetic war criminal, just following orders and being the pretend christian he is declares he's not responsible. How very American.
I am pretty sure that in Afghanistan right now they are probably discussing how "The U.S. government blew up 3000 of its own children using commercial airplanes to make the people of the Middle East look bad".
This is not new every country loosing their moral credibility accuse the population and the same has been done General as he has a political ambitions and Petreus is doing the same but the fact is that the americans don,t consider that the poor people have any right to live kill them for their ego and biast behavior.
I have seen in my life that americans ever regret but choose lame excuses.
I pray to ALLah to punish these wrong-doers who are killing poor people fpor their ego and greed to occupy all the natural resources in the world.
Petraeus makes Khaddafi look rational.
Good thing he's not trying to 'put down' an insurrection at home, too.
Oh ya…, is customary in Afghanistan and rest of the world small villages and cities, poor countries and in US where the criminals put their babies in microwaves to show that they mean business. Here, what is different is that in US the burning children and the methods used is more civilized; therefore, these lunatics’ use microwaves. To burn children in Afghanistan however, become a customary when US started bombing their villages, it did become a habit of these un-civilized and un-educated people.
They realized that they can trick these 500 tons bombes falling on their children head when they are out and playing or while at school or when at farm working, so they thought we should burn them before and after falling bombs to show the world that we mean business. Oh ya.. It is a customary alright question is, why we hear about it now and only now when bombs are falling an not before when reporters were free to be around before and after the bombings.
Five US soldiers have been reported killed in Afghanistan on five successive days, from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21. That includes 2 soldiers killed in Helmand. Antiwar continues to report the deaths of foreign soldiers but has had a near blackout on US soldiers killed in Afghanistan for almost two months.
A US general claims the US is winning the fight in Helmand but these deaths bring those claims into question. Why is AntiWar not reporting on US combat deaths in Afghanistan?
and this general is presidential material ?
1- Us economy is based on capitalism which in short means nothing for you everything for me but from time to time like a dog I well through something at you to make you happy.
This is the nature of capitalism, this is what capitalism do cheat and lie.
2- Continue: Emporia needs to blame and lie, that is in his/her system, if it didn’t the system will become sick. Here General David Petraeus is just another solder working for that system and he knows that the system is dying , and is not because we say so, is rather the system itself killing it, one of the reasons for that is the wars from 1960s that US been crating , the other is, for the system observing the fact that is not winnable no matter how hard they try and is costing the system money. Their last try was invading Iraq for its oil and occupying the entire middle east and Persian gulf with help from Israel where the US and EU would dominate the oil market and its production; therefore, the emperor needs to lie to show that is “their” others fault and that they are winning. The meaning here is that: emperor is only at war with Afghanistan, Iraq and rest of the world, meanwhile if children are burned and elderly people are killed or a village or a city or even a country is totally destroyed is not the emperor fault, because the emperor militarism regime is at war and is their job to fight to win the war!
3- Continue: The system heart or if you like wall street is one of the emperor entities looking for themselves as emperors do, by continuing their cheating habits‘, lie and betray of people which their last economic cheating was the home evaluation – Junk bounds and mortgage trick where they stole the peoples wealth and by government it was given to those who work for the emperor. Emperor is desperate but not dead yet, they have one more trick in their sleeves and that is to start the world war III, otherwise the system is collapsing all right so they need to lie making sure that is “their” fault and not the emperor.
I could understand Afghanis burning the hands and feet of their children. They want to toughen them up and get them use to burning flesh from are lovely drone missiles.
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