The dogs of war released in Afghanistan more than a decade ago – are now out of our control

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News broke this week of a murder spree in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province committed by at least one US soldier against Afghan civilians. Reuters reports that as many as 3 American soldiers, who appeared to be drunk, opened fire in a small village at around 2am Sunday morning – shooting dead 16 civilians – including nine children.

One soldier has surrendered in connection with the attacks, which President Obama referred to as “tragic and shocking.” This latest incident is sure to spark another episode of violence in that unstable, war-torn nation – just as the Quran burning incident did a few weeks ago. The Taliban has vowed to avenge the killings, calling them a “blood-soaked and inhumane crime.”

Meanwhile, 60% of Americans now believe this war is not worth fighting. Let Afghanistan serve as a lesson to all those who are calling for more war with Iran – because it’s very easy to release the dogs of war – and much, much harder to bring them back.

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Be careful when believing Reuters. I'm sure they wanted this to be a group of soldiers and are very disappointed that it was only "an army of one." Why hasn't the media released his name? Since when do we protect suspected criminals?

You should be pressuring Obama to get out. All of these things have happened on his watch. It's his war.

Where are the protests?

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Now the war is "out of control"?

It's Obama's war?

Obviously, I live in a cartoon nation of idiots, on the left and on the right, you're all just out of your minds with the lies you've told yourselves.

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After my coffee and morning brain teasers I turn the pages in the binders and remind myself whose death anniversary is today (because of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq).

Today I saw that it was the 6th Anniversay of the Mahmudiyah killings (no mention of this on any of the so-called progressive shows, however) - where a group of our soldiers left their post so they could murder a 13 year-old girl's family so they could take turns raping her before killing her and her six year-old sister.

I am reminded that just last month they let us know that Col. Dallas Homas, the head of the Army's Madigan Healthcare System (since March 2011) near joint base Lewis-McChord, had been removed since it had become absolutely undeniable that he thought denying soldiers/airmen/marines with PTSD the care they deserved was what a man in his position was supposed to do.

Today's story (16 innocents killed in their sleep) was another result of letting incompetent/dishonest people make decisions about who is fit to be on duty and who needs some time off and special attention before they are returned to duty.

So what is it about this past decade, that has made it so we only acknowledge wrong-doing when it's absolutely undeniable? and then it's just a hollow apology or condolences...

When the wikileaks documents were published we passed up the opportunity to round up a bunch of scoundrels and vacate the two countries. We chose the continuing mayhem path instead - so we should expect more...

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Quote anonymous green:

Now the war is "out of control"?

It's Obama's war?

Obviously, I live in a cartoon nation of idiots, on the left and on the right, you're all just out of your minds with the lies you've told yourselves.

Well he is kinda the commander-in-chief. Not a comfortable idea, but I'm just saying he's sorta in control.

I do appreciate that you can recognize that we are surrounded by nit wits on both sides. I'm with you on that.

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