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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-12 09:02 AM
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Afghan official: Video shows soldier surrendering (very misleading headline)
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Edited on Wed Mar-14-12 09:08 AM by No Elephants
Mar 14, 8:47 AM EDT

Afghan official: Video shows soldier surrendering

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. soldier who allegedly shot 16 Afghan villagers was caught on surveillance video that showed him walking up to his base, laying down his weapon and raising his arms in surrender, according to an Afghan official who viewed the footage.

The official said late Tuesday that U.S. authorities showed their Afghan counterparts the video to prove that only one perpetrator was involved in the shootings on Sunday, which have further strained already shaky relations between the two countries. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said nine of the dead were children.

Any major discrepancy between the official Afghan and U.S. accounts of the events on Sunday is likely to deepen the distrust.

One member of an Afghan government delegation investigating the killings said Wednesday that the group has concluded the shooting spree was carried out by more than one soldier. Parliament member Sayeed Ishaq Gilani said the delegation had heard from villagers who said they saw more than 15 troops at the scene.

Willie Geist said this morning that the video proved only one member of our military was involved. I guess he never caught "Wag the Dog" on TV? Or "Star Wars?" And, AP gives us a misleading headline, knowing many never read past the headline (if that). (I've heard journalists used to actually matter! Wonder what that would be like.0

Meanwhile, back in D.C.....

Panetta is staying we have to stay the course in Afghanistan and both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate are saying the same thing. Coincidentally, Obama cautioned against rushing toward the exits about a day earlier than the Hallelujah Chorus started from every other corner in D.C.

It might seem like well-choreographed kabuki, if we all were not so very sure that the Red Team and the The Bllue Team are always fighting each other tooth and nail and agree with each other only very rarely....

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