U.S. Army 1st Lt. Spencer Tadken (right) reviews aiming techniques with an Afghan soldier during training at Forward Operating Base Shank, in Logar province, Afghanistan, on March 13, 2012. Tadken is with the 1st Armored Division's 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Spc. Tia Sokimson, U.S. Army.
On his return from earning five combat medals for his fighting service in Vietnam, Senator John Kerry famously asked
U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan would be beyond human if they are not wondering the same thing. According to CNN writing last week:
Meanwhile, someone (the U.S. Army insists it was ONLY one) from among those troops massacred 16 (or 17) Afghan non-combatant women and children in a remote village in the rebellious Pashtun southeast of the country.
The always thorough Marcy Wheeler aka emptywheel has brought together what U.S. and Afghan sources have revealed about this atrocity and doubts that it adds up. We'll see.
A National Catholic Reporter editorial asks what gets lost when something like the massacre momentarily draws our attention to the empire's wars.
The newspaper offers a damning answer to its own question:
It's time to get out of there.