As the politicians continue to spin these fatal attacks (it IS election season here, after all) General Allen goes on the record:
“I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,” he said, in an interview with “60 Minutes” scheduled to be broadcast Sunday. “It reverberates everywhere across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it.”
Then news surfaces that HE has been relieved of duty in Afghanistan. War On Terror News has a video interview with General Allen up, and WOTN says:
I encourage you to watch the video, to listen to all the General has to say, to listen to the words of President Karzai, and to listen to the words of the Taliban:
Go NOW and watch the video and read what WOTN has to say here.
General Allen's replacement? Somebody who has never served in AFG. Spin spin spin..
As expected, JihadWatch is also paying attention:
But don't be concerned. It was just a "misunderstanding." The love still flows between the Americans and the Afghans.
U.S. forces in "clash" with Afghan "allies," five dead
End this madness -- bring our troops home now. There is no definition of victory, no ideological differentiation between the Taliban and the government forces, and no way to distinguish jihadis who want to get close enough to American troops to kill them from those who might actually be OK with working with Americans. U.S. out of Afghanistan!
"US and Afghan forces clash, leaving 5 dead," by Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez for the Associated Press, September 30 (thanks to Block Ness):
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000.
The fighting started Saturday when what is believed to have been a mortar fired by insurgents struck a checkpoint set up by U.S. forces in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. He said the Americans thought they were under attack from a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it, prompting the Afghan soldiers to return fire.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said the gunbattle was the result of a "misunderstanding" between international forces and Afghan soldiers manning a checkpoint in the Sayd Abad district.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force, commonly referred to as ISAF, provided a different account.
Read the rest here.
Expect more of the MIC admin spin spin spin, (just waiting until after his 're-election', doncha know) as more of our Troops continue to be murdered by those they are in the sandbox to help.
[Bratnote: Regular readers know well what my non-verbal response to this is. Have at it!]