Rising concern about killing of NATO troops by Afghan military
February 26th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

Rising concern about killing of NATO troops by Afghan military

By Adam Levine, with reporting from Nick Paton Walsh, Masoud Popalzai, Larry Shaughnessy, Moni Basu, Chris Lawrence and Tim Lister

The gunman who shot two U.S. military officers on Saturday in the highly secured Afghan Ministry of Interior was a junior intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, an Afghan counter-terrorism official said.

It's just the latest incident of "green on blue" attacks which have been a rising problem for the U.S. and NATO. A recent Congressional hearing looked at the issue and found that while some were influenced by Taliban ideology, some of the motives were more personal.

It adds another layer of difficulty to tamping down the anger and mistrust that has arisen from the admission by NATO that troops burned some religious documents seized from prisoners.

The fallout has led to violent protests. Through the end of 2011, existing security procedures failed to identify 42 attackers between 2007 and 2011, all members of the Afghan National Security Force, according to military data released at a recent congressional hearing . Three other attacks were perpetrated by contracted employees. There have been a number of incidents in the first two months of 2012.

The incidents are a mere fraction of the total coalition deaths in the war. But they may feed a climate of uncertainty and even mutual suspicion between Afghan units and their coalition partners at a time when NATO's International Security Assistance Force is trying to hand over control of more districts and provinces to the Afghan National Army.

Saturday's killing of the American officers prompted Gen. John Allen to order several hundred ISAF advisers to withdraw from ministries in Kabul as a precaution, raising more questions about a U.S. military plan that plans to focus on the use of small teams of military advisers as it withdraws troops.

The defense officials appearing at the hearing of the House Armed Services Committee earlier this month said that in 58% of cases, the attackers were not puppets of insurgent groups but acted on their own accord, perhaps over a personal dispute.

Such disputes can arise from cultural misunderstanding, religious and ideological friction or combat stress, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Townsend, director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.

He said cultural training has been vital for U.S. soldiers, and now the Afghans are considering doing the same in providing better understanding of Americans.

Another chunk of perpetrators involved insurgents who were able to pass themselves off as Afghan soldiers and infiltrate bases.

David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of state for the region, said the greater the partnership between Afghans and coalition troops on providing security, the greater the risks are to Americans. At issue was also the problem of Afghan soldiers turning on one another and on civilian populations.

"No system is perfect ... but no system is static," Sedney said.

Earlier this year, Air Force released its investigation into a 2011 killing of eight American airmen and a security contractor by an Afghan air force officer.

The probe raised questions about the relations of American and other NATO troops to their Afghan counterparts.

The Afghan air force officer, Ahmed Gul, had declared his desire to kill Americans, behaved erratically at work and frequented a mosque known for its anti-American views.

The report suggested that Gul, though acting alone, was influenced by jihadist ideology and also suffering from financial strain.

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  2. Where is Reagan when you need him?

    This boneheadd Obama can't get anything right. Maybe we can fix this entire mess to include the domestic problems in the U.S. once this sorry excuse for a community organizer is out of office.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  3. The Rock

    I have a really good solution to the random killing of Americans by the Afghans, whether it be the army, terrorists, or the general population. Bring in a well-scheduled convoy of transport planes and load up all our equipment and materiel and let's just get the hell out of this godforsaken land. While we're at it, I certainly wouldn't mind wasting a few hundred reghead terrorist talibans, that would even be fun!!!. Bottom line? Sat goodbye to Afghanistan and hello to hundreds of young lives saved by avoiding a conflict that will never be resolved.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  4. profeta méxico

    America's broken will and empty pockets will only lead to chaos and confusion. We can say adios to pax Americana and start joining in the evils of the rest of the nations..

    February 27, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
  5. mikrik13

    A far better effort for the US is for America to use it's troops for "nation building" in Mexico. Protecting our border, ridding all of drug cartels, and still maintaining a cash flow to the military industrial complex is a more logical way to go. The middle east is a no win situation. A drain on America with absolutely NO rewards and no future.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • IAmAnAmerican

      I agree with this comments that we have to leave the middle east. What anymore, exactly is the point? Those people, and I wont support the idiots that use racist and hatefilled language, those people do not want us there. I really believe they do not. This longterm occupation is really ridiculous. Like they said, killing american troops and costing all the tax dollars to pay for it. The generals in Washington can find a different playground. Take on the Mexican cartels, or cant they handle it.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  6. Goose66

    I am sick and tired of this BS. I say pull troops AND MONEY out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc. and drill for oil off the coast of Florida, in Alaska, and in the sand-fields of North Dakota. I would rather deal with $6 gas and take the environmental risks than put up with these uncivilized barbarians for one more moment.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      These 'barbarians' you speak of had nothing to do with WW1, WW2, the Armenian Genocide, The Holodomor, The Rape of Nanking, The death camps of Hitler and Stalin, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Mao's Great Leap Forward, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the Rwanda Genocide.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • Goose66

        Agreed. That doesn't make them any less barbarians.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Goose66

        All human history is rife with war and barbaric events. I am all for tolerance, but tolerance has to go both ways, or I lose mine. If you riot and kill any humans because someone accidentally burned a book, then you have absolutely no tolerance and no civility, and I have no empathy for your position of time to deal with your shenanigans. I am ready to be done with it and move on.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        Oops! – I just noticed you included the Turks with the rest. Makes my Armenian Genocide point redundant. I'm all for leaving them alone, but,..........we won't.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  7. joesmith

    as Ron Paul would say, although you would never hear it on cnn; it is time for mr. karzai to get off his a–, and be a president..we will take our families home, and our welfare checks via foreign aid will cease..blow yourselves up..perhaps, the rest of the arab world will see we aren't wasting our grandchildrens tax dollars any longer..but, we need an executive at 1600 Pa. Ave. who has the ba- to execute the plan..

    February 27, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
  8. Simeon Namore

    Anyone who believes that Talliban operatives are anything other than narco-terrorists is mistaken. Want to squash the Talliban? Prevent them from profiting from heroin. They supply an estimated 98% of the world's supply. Allah may be great, but heroin is greater. By the way, how's that enemy of my enemy foreign policy working out for ya?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • jim

      Hey stupid, The Taliban had almost eradicated all heroin production in Afghanistan, at least until we got there. Do some research and then speak.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @jim, to put humbly, your statement is factually wrong, for Taliban poppy was their source of “foreign exchange”.

        Sayan.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • Myrmidon

        I have spent a combined 38 months in Afghanistan so far sir and I can tell you with complete accuracy there are poppy fields absolutely everywhere. Flying over the country getting from forward basr to forward base you would see acres of beautiful flowers along any river, stream or source of water. One of our combat team actually had to tell me what they were– after that I was just stunned at how much was out there.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  9. ????

    The Afghan people will kill invaders as long as there are invaders. Much the same as we would do if invaded.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      @????, tough words indeed albeit coward enough even to hide behind a pseudonym. At least the “invaders” in present case are far better than resident fundamentalist theocrats.

      Sayan.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  10. cullenpest

    This may be a routine attack to CNN, but don't belittle the news for Obama's sake.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
  11. Sayan Majumdar

    Aha! With India and Pakistani equation being brought in the blog the count of posts may rise substantially somewhat directly proportional to “edited out/blocked” posts hurled by the flamers.

    Sayan.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
  12. Sayan Majumdar

    With predicted $ 1-trillion lithium deposits in south and eastern part of Afghanistan (ironically the Taliban stronghold), “nobody” is vacating the land locked nation any soon.

    The best bet for United States is to persuade her dominant regional ally to play a more pro-active role in Afghanistan; however the move will further antagonise United States relation with “backstabber” Pakistan.

    Sayan.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • Sayan Majumdar

      I missed a point. By mentioning United States dominant regional ally, I meant India.

      Sayan.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  13. jim

    You gotta love it with CNN. "Taliban killing troops because of Quaran burning, nothing new and nothing to see here. Just move along and think nothing of it... in other news this horrible film given lots of awards."

    February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  14. babooph

    These 3rd world places cannot afford the endless wars -the US must fund both sides to keep them going....

    February 27, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
  15. Jt_flyer

    Instead of in invading all these counties let's just send them a few trillion dollars. It still won't actually accomplish anything but at least we can save the lives of some of our young people.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:15 am | Reply
  16. EuphioTGank

    the afghan war is lost..we gave it a good try, but the only thing to do is pull out all ground troops and just bomb the crap out of them if they set up terrorist camps or behead too many of their people at one time or try to impose their crazy form of Islam on the rest of the world

    February 27, 2012 at 6:47 am | Reply
    • jim

      Lost? There are loads of war profiteers who made a killing off the tax payers and looting while destroying this place.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
  17. ghengiz

    Americans are too tolerant to control Afghanistan. They can only be ruled by whoever is crazy enough to strike tremendous fear in their hearts. Heck, the TALIBAN were too tolerant.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
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    February 27, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
  19. bezerkur

    @abu. you are brainwashed and delusional. A all powerful god or allah is going to make rules for a primative species on a planet where we were probably genetically altered by a much more advanced space traveling species who were marooned on this planet or just a experiment. That is more plausable then your unproven acts of super natual feats in your sacred book. You people are insain.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:53 am | Reply
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    February 27, 2012 at 4:42 am | Reply
  21. bezerkur

    Religion is crap. You cant prove anything of the authors or events. All modern religions stole already exsisting ethical ideologies from far older civilizations. The only constant in each religion is contradiction and hypocrisy. The only truth there is freewill, and of course death and taxes.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:39 am | Reply
  22. Sayan Majumdar

    Let me put it straight:

    For past one decade the United States administration and armed forces driven by political compulsions have remained busy operating in peripheries (Iraq and Afghanistan) yet ignoring the epicentre of international terrorism (Pakistan).

    Unless United States administration drastically shifts its priorities, more and more American and allied lives will continue to be sacrificed.

    Sayan.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
  23. toadears

    The real problem is that we keep dragging it all out on and on and on. Fight the war or get out of there! Stop dancing around their beliefs and tenets etc etc etc. War is hell, not a social gathering.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  24. mmi16

    Pull our troops and replace them with a hog farm. Several million hogs and the Afghans will be able to feed their population and wash it down with some beer.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • The CIA Murdered the Kennedy's

      We'll send the Hairy Bikers over to shoe 'em how to live off of roadkill and semen.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:56 am | Reply
      • The CIA Murdered the Kennedy's

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        February 27, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  25. talib supporter

    hehe this is nothing, the real war hasn't started yet. the mahdi comes from khurasan(afghanistan) and his army will be ustoppable he will butcher and wipe out all filthy kuffars on his path and he will slaughter all jew vermin and burn shitrael down to earth. he will be unstoppable, he will be mahdi. now cry and whine wah wah we don't care, we will keep killing you wherever we find you.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • PunabiSikhsWillTakeBackAfghanistan

      The sikhs will come back to the taliban controlled lands and we will kill all u muslim taliban scum. Once the us army leaves the punjabi sikhs will come and cut your throats out hahahaha. We will take back our ancestrial land. Long live the Khalsa!!! Khalistan Zindabad!! Afghanistan will be punabjs once again!

      February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        How's being treated like crap by the Hindus working out for you?

        February 27, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • toadears

      blah blah blah And I thought it was only American males that were stupid. Well, thanks for proving that idea false. Is that all men do, wave sabers at each other??? It's that extra appendage isn't it? All that waving about......

      February 27, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • amanda

      Who's Madhi?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
      • NoTags

        Amanda, Google 12th Imam.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • gentyl one

      Why do you and your people want to kill me? I don't want to kill you or anyone. I am 55 and have NEVER hit another human being in my life. I was born I guess with a gentle disposition...understanding at a young age that we all all human with children and mothers, etc. who only want to love and take care of those we love everywhere in the world. I have no influence over US politics and policy..nor does anyone I know. Decisions are made at that level by the rich and powerful who left us average citizens in the dust long ago. I have no hate in my heart towards you and wish you peace in your own heart. and joy to your loved ones. Can;t you do the same for me?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
    • The Taliban are weiners

      http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/25/faces-of-the-taliban/?hpt=hp_t2

      What a bunch of dorks. Hahaha. Hey look at us we're awesome. We have long beards and have never showered in our entire lives.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Allah abandoned you long ago. He is disgusted by what you do in his name.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:14 am | Reply
    • abu

      your words are as empty as your views of the prophet mohammed teachings and the true will of allah. you talk of things as if you have seen them yourself. you are not allah or a prophet you can not see other worldly things.you are a coward who supports those who lie to the weak minded only to have them do what you are to cowardly to do yourselves. allah sees all that you do . he sees the lies you tell in his name. he sees the children you kill the women that you kill. the mothers and father who will never see there children again the children who will never see there mothers or fathers again all for lies you tell. you are cowards and if you truly read the koran not just listen to those who clam to be of Allah's word you will see the truth. you fight and kill for others who want power and not for allah. and you shall not receive peace after death you shell feel Allah's wrath and he shall pass it on to your children and their children's children and they shall pay for your deeds. there will never be peace when there is arrogant,weak minded infidels like you who pervert the will of allah for your own personal greed forever cast a dark shadow over islam and when the americans leave then the true tyrants will show there faces and you will know the truth. that you killed not for allah but for a men who only want power.

      Allāhu Akbar

      February 27, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
      • amanda

        If God and Allah are one and the same he/she created Americans too as well as women whom many devout Muslims abuse and treat like cattle. An entity that can create all that you see is not going to be concerned with our petty arguments, he/she is off creating other worlds and probably better higher ordered humanoids since that entity must be totally disappointed in what he/she or it has seen here.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:34 am |
    • Wayne

      Jimmy, will you stop smoking that stuff and go to bed like your mother ask. Shame on you.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:32 am | Reply
    • common sense

      The taliban and all of you sand naggers arent worth one American life pull our troops and blow there asses up. If your going to kill us where you find us come to America and fight like men not scared b**ches with ieds actually face us and your dead and f**k th Koran and you jihadist pieces of sh**

      February 27, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
  26. Russ

    "Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was
    it or was it not, started by Islamic people who
    brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001
    and have continually threatened to do so since?

    Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered
    that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from
    the capitol of the USA and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

    Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

    Do you think I care about four U. S. Marines urinating on some dead Taliban insurgents?

    And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were
    claiming to be tortured by a justice system of a
    nation they are fighting against in a brutal Insurgency.

    I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle
    East, start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief
    of which, is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan .

    I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are
    sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head, while Berg
    screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

    I'll care when the cowardly so-called insurgents
    in Afghanistan , come out and fight like men,
    instead of disrespecting their own religion by
    hiding in Mosques and behind women and children.

    I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow
    themselves up in search of Nirvana, care about the
    innocent children within range of their suicide Bombs.

    I'll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that
    their freedom of Speech on stories, is more important than
    the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting
    at home, to hear about them when something happens.

    In the meantime, when I hear a story about a
    CANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgent
    terrorist to obtain information, know this:

    I don't care.

    When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the
    head when he is told not to move because he
    might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:

    I don't care. Shoot him again.

    When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food, that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe, in your heart of hearts:

    I don't care.

    And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes
    it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.'
    Well, Jimmy Crack Corn you guessed it.

    I don't care!!

    If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to
    all your E-mail Friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to
    the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

    If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete
    button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't
    complain when more atrocities committed by radical
    Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

    Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering, if
    during their life on earth, they made a difference in
    the world. But, the Soldiers don't have that problem.

    I have another quote that I would like to
    share AND...I hope you forward All this.

    One last thought for the day:

    Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

    1. Jesus Christ

    2. The British Soldier.

    3. The Canadian Soldier.

    4. The US Soldier, and

    5. The Australian Soldier

    One died for your soul,
    the other four, for you and your children's Freedom.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • 911 jew job

      i hope they kill more of you americunts&kikes, i would too. and then id pisss on your corpses and feed it to stray dogs.

      where is your pedophile hashem and lil fagggot jesus to save you? they are sucking pig dikzs, they cant help you now.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
      • toadears

        You need to go back to your own country and post your drivel in their message boards. And the pedophiles are legitimate according to the Ayatollah Khomeini, most supreme Ayatollah. It is alright to 'relieve sexual tensions with a child that is still in the cradle and being breast fed. " As for sex with animals "after you have finished copulating with a goat, sheep, or camel you must kill the animal and not drink its milk or eat its meat. Uncivilized barbarians! Welcome to the 21st century. Kaboom!

        February 27, 2012 at 12:30 am |
      • chris

        I can not believe that CNN would post this on their website. Just goes to show you the ethics of journalism now a days. It is all about the ratings. Way to go CNN

        February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
      • American

        You will surely burn in HELL!

        February 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • vj

      how did building 7 fall, dummy?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • vj

      oh, i hope i speak for all America when i say, SCREW YOU RUSS

      February 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
      • toadears

        you speak for a tiny majority afraid to fight for anything who enjoys living in a free nation that he hates. Now go to bed. tomorrow is a school day.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:31 am |
      • CNN Reader

        Just curious, why do you say "screw you Russ"?

        February 27, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • American Soldier

      The anger we all feel when we see our Soldiers die is valid, the fear and uncertainty we and our loved ones feel as we continue operations in Afghanistan is valid, but hating an entire people for what some did is not. We can not tell the Afghans that they need to get over our mishandling of their Holy Qaran and then blame every one of them for every IED. We can not claim that when we accidentally kill a civilian in military operations that it sucks to be them, but that we can retaliate however we wish when an insurgent attacks us.
      It is important that cooler heads prevail in all aspects of life, but most importantly in those areas where it is so hard to maintain a cool head. Wars can not be fought with passion alone. Passion must be tempered by logic, planning and compassion.
      I feel the unease when I hear an Afghan voice while alone in the dark; but I trust that Afghan Soldiers, like American ones, operate primarily out of a love of their country and a hope of a better future. I pray the hopes of both our nations are fulfilled.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
      • An impatient man

        What bleeding heart bullshit are you trying to spread. I hope all people can learn to live and shit together is peace and harmony. God, you make me sick. PS, there is no God. Not one that you, me or anyone else can fathom anyway.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • III

      It is alright to be frustrated with the events that are occurring. However if you want to show your love of GOD than this is truly not the way. Peace and love and forgiveness is as humbling as the joy that GOD has given without having to do so. There are more adult ways of getting your point across. My belief is TO CARE about the position of your friend and foe. Try and make a effort TO CARE about offenses made, deaths edured, families destroyed, livelihood taken, spiritual offenses, and all around government instability. Because if you were in this situation would you want someone to have compassion enough to listen and try and make efforts to help. Or would you rather someone say to you "I don't care". (Matthew 5 43)

      February 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      yeah, I got that Email too. From a mad housewife in Canada.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • Wayne

      AMEN TO THAT BROTHER.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
  27. SanctionTheMedia

    I wish the American people would issue a gag order against the media that is reducing deaths of United States soldiers to make it seem usual or common by these rogue nations.

    Shut Up CNN – Your Disloyalty to the United States is Evident.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
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    February 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • scranton

      Please educate yourself before you post. I am embarrassed for you.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
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      February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
      • war, war sttopid

        Did someone say the afghans are backward ignorant towelheads with no respect for their women. What about the trolls right here in the USA where a sexual assault is reported every 2 minutes and porno is big business...

        February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • war, war sttopid

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      February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
      • Gannt

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        February 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • toadears

      This little boy's mommy lives in that trailer park with his daddy/uncle/brother and has 2 huntin' hounds. Since they dogs actually provide food for the family, they get the couch and this kid is forced to sleep under that trailer. As you can tell, he is upset about that. But have no fear. He has a new job as meth lab owner and operator and is expecting a turnaround very soon. He also has managed to land a spot on that fabulous TV show, Jerry Springer, where he will discuss his intimate relations with afore mentioned huntin' hounds.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  29. David holmes

    It has been going on to long!!! they have been brain washed like so many Evangilicos, don't even care about spelling it right!!!The whole idea of relidgion , a belief there was this creator -- it has made a lot of people very rich !!!! and has scared the helll of allot of us!!!!! Bring our troops home and get ready for when they come here!!!! send them to allla

    February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • Bernie Silverman

      What a waste of money and lives. Endless war and for what?

      Debt and war is all we get from our government.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
      • Gannt

        And they'll blame other countries for it, too. Like the coming Iran war is supposed to be us rescuing Israel. Israel hardly needs rescuing. They have the best fighters in the world, and one of the most advanced militaries in the world. No, we just need a scapegoat so our military-industrial complex can feed itself.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Mike

      How could anyone vote Obama after finding out that troops are still in Iraq?

      February 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • Dino Droppings

        Another ignorant moron.
        The withdrawal of troops from Iraq was negotiated between
        the Iraq Government and the George Bush Administration.
        It included leaving a small US force on the ground
        to train Iraqi Police and military.
        It has nothing to do with Obama.
        --------------------------------–

        Mike

        How could anyone vote Obama after finding out that troops are still in Iraq?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • toadears

      r-e-l-i-g-i-o-n

      February 27, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
  30. ChurchSox

    And so Operation Enduring Freedom enters its terminal phase, in which sloth and heathen folly bring all our hopes to nought.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  31. ArchieDeBunker

    I can hardly believe what I read in this article. How could ANYONE DARE to criticize the Messiah? The one who was going to save us!!! AHHHHHH!

    Short memory, Libs!! Remember the following:

    Madeline Not-At-Albright, former Secretary of State, and flaming LIberal commited clear treason by standing in front of an enemy government's (France) parliament and scathingly criticizing the American war effort – giving loads of comfort and aid to the enemy in time of war. She's still walking around free! Billary herself, as well as AlGore and his crowd were quoted in the press nearly every day saying things that no-doubt caused the insurgents and Al Qeida fighters to take heart and continue fighting because they believed America was soft and would give up.

    And old Billary now has the gall to say we shouldn't critcize Our Dear Leader, Chairman Obama, when he makes such an obvious gaffe?? Give me a break.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Otodems

      Hillary and CNN folks believe that: we should not critize Obama EVEN HE SCREW UP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. I AM SICK UP TO MY STOMACH FOR THIS KIND OF ARTICLE. Viva Obama, that is what CNN and liberal folks want to hear. ONE TERM FOLKS!!!!!!!!! ONE TERM !!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE SOLD 1/2 OF THIS COUNTRY TO CHINA, AND 1/4 TO MID DLE EAST, BECAUSE HE APPOLOZIED THEM, WHO KILL OUR CITIZENS AND SOLDIERS.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Real American

      Criticizing the war effort is not treason, this is America not Soviet Russia.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  32. Zach

    If you want to help get us out of Afghanistan, please log-on to Facebook and join the "End the War in Afghanistan Now" facebook page; it a page dedicated to bringing awareness about the war and place pressure on our political officials to bring our troops home.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • David holmes

      this crap has gone on to long!!!!These people are lost!!!! we killed the guy we were after!!! now just bring our troops home
      and get ready for them to invade the US -– give them helll -send them to allla

      February 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  33. WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF

    Let's face it, all this sh*it that's happening in Afghanistan today would have been avoided had GWB, Dick Cheyney, Donald Rumsfeld and the GOP not deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to invade Iraq. And this is an Afghan war that would have ended at least five years ago with alot of lives sparred and money saved had these waste of life stinking mother-fuc*king republicans not fu*ck things up.Therefore, all these stinking republican mother-fuc*king scu*mbags should be rounded up and be executed along with their mother fuc*king stinking loves ones and then the mother-fuc*king world would be a better place for the rest of us.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      They should've just sent Chris Christe over there to eat all their food and starve them all to death.

      Maybe next time.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • war, war sttopid

      so much incest

      February 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • really

      why didn't Lord Obama and Dem controlled Congress for his 1st 2yrs just pull out immediately? Why did Lord Obama ramped up even more than Bush for the past 3 yrs? this peace loving Dem that is Lord Obama invading Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, Bahrain, Tusinia & Kenya.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • Dino Droppings

        This is how Republicans work,
        Lie Lie and Lie.
        We have never invaded these countries.
        -----------------------------–
        this peace loving Dem that is Lord Obama invading Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, Bahrain, Tusinia & Kenya.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • really

      One more thing. The scumbag GWB got Congress by a wide majority to approve the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since Bush never had a super majority ever in his 2 terms he had to have Dems to come along. He did and got them by quite a bit using the intelligence given to him by none other than Slick Willy Bill Clinton. Obama has yet to get Congress approval for any of the countries he has invaded. He is the King and does not need it. Yet not a peep fr the likes of u and the media. Selective outrage. Heck yeah!!!
      Obama could have pulled everyone out since day 1. He chose to continue and now this is all on him. What is even more outraging is the stupid blunder of burning Holy Books in that country. What would u be saying if Bush did such a idiotic move!!!?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
      • Real American

        The intelligence used by the Bush Administration as justification for the war in Iraq is widely known and acknowledged to have been completely fabricated at worst, and based upon the lies of a known liar ex-pat Iraqi at best. It was not "handed to him by Slick Willy" it was deliberately hand picked and shoved down the throats of all dissenters.

        February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • Dino Droppings

        *** Obama has yet to get Congress approval for any of the countries he has invaded........

        Thats because he hasnt invaded any countries, MORON.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  34. James

    Unless we're gonna conquer them and take over, which doesn't really fly in today's world, we need to get the hell out of the middle east and quit meddling. They already hate our guts, why waste effort fanning the flames in a futile effort to make them like us?

    February 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  35. susie

    Really were going to teach afghans about Americans so they can be more understanding about us being there? I think the afghans are making it pretty clear they don't want us there so why waste our resources and time.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  36. tim

    Eleven year debacle. Obama thought his occupation was going to work better than Bush-Cheney's? Get our troops out!

    February 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Really... "Obama's occupation"??? President Obama is cleanimg up the mess that Bush and his team of liars created. He got us out of Iraq and he will get us out of Afghanistan within a year or 2. If a Republican was in office we would still be in Iraq and probably Iran by now.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  37. Richard

    It is time to get out and let them sink in their own mess.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  38. Rick H.

    Do the Afghans have a shufflin' grinnin' Stefan Fetchit to bow down and grovel to us?

    February 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • F B M

      We wish.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  39. Who wudda thunk it?

    Breaking news: "Afghan military attacks on U.S. not new" Do tell.

    February 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
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  41. rk

    nuke pak...all problems will be solved...immediately....

    February 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      Sure.

      Right after we're finished vaporizing India.

      February 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • guest

      agreed,... nuke pak... problem solved

      February 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  42. donnas

    The U.S. sent in hundred of thousands of troops to sniff-out a few followers of Osama bin Ladin hidden in the caves of Afghanistan. More than 10 years later and trillions of our treasure, we are still the "infidels" in a Muslim world that sees us as terrorists and occupiers. Afghanistan has been invaded for years because they are sitting on a wealth of oil that the world wants....it's unbridled greed at its worst. Let's get out of there and let the Afghans alone!!!

    February 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • TPaine

      Oh God, here we go again with the "oil" crap again...

      February 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • war, war sttopid

        Why are our soldiers really in that hell-hole? here are some cut and paste facts about the Afghanistan pipeline from sources including the US congress. Did you know that Hamid Karzai was a consultant to Unocol, one of the large stakeholders. Unocol made a presentation to congress about this pipeline which is now approved. Conspiracy theory??

        From the 1998 Congressional Record.
        Emphasis added to text.
        U.S. INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN
        REPUBLICS HEARING BEFORE THE
        SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
        OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL
        RELATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
        ONE HUNDRED FIFTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION
        FEBRUARY 12, 1998
        Next we would like to hear from Mr. John J. Maresca, vice president of international relations, Unocal Corporation. You may proceed as you wish.

        The key question then is how the energy resources of Central Asia can be made available to nearby Asian markets. There are two possible solutions, with several variations. One option is to go east across China, but this would mean constructing a pipeline of more than 3,000 kilometers just to reach Central China. In addition, there would have to be a 2,000-kilometer connection to reach the main population centers along the coast. The question then is what will be the cost of transporting oil through this pipeline, and what would be the netback which the producers would receive.
        For those who are not familiar with the terminology, the netback is the price which the producer receives for his oil or gas at the well head after all the transportation costs have been deducted. So it's the price he receives for the oil he produces at the well head.
        The second option is to build a pipeline south from Central Asia to the Indian Ocean. One obvious route south would cross Iran, but this is foreclosed for American companies because of U.S. sanctions legislation. The only other possible route is across Afghanistan, which has of course its own unique challenges. The country has been involved in bitter warfare for almost two decades, and is still divided by civil war. From the outset, we have made it clear that construction of the pipeline we have proposed across Afghanistan could not begin until a recognized government is in place that has the confidence of governments, lenders, and our company.
        Mr. Chairman, as you know, we have worked very closely with the University of Nebraska at Omaha in developing a training program for Afghanistan which will be open to both men and women, and which will operate in both parts of the country, the north and south.
        Unocal foresees a pipeline which would become part of a regional system that will gather oil from existing pipeline infrastructure in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. The 1,040-mile long oil pipeline would extend south through Afghanistan to an export terminal that would be constructed on the Pakistan coast. This 42-inch diameter pipeline will have a shipping capacity of one million barrels of oil per day. The estimated cost of the project, which is similar in scope to the trans-Alaska pipeline, is about $2.5 billion.
        Given the plentiful natural gas supplies of Central Asia, our aim is to link gas resources with the nearest viable markets. This is basic for the commercial viability of any gas project. But these projects also face geopolitical challenges. Unocal and the Turkish company Koc Holding are interested in bringing competitive gas supplies to Turkey. The proposed Eurasia natural gas pipeline would transport gas from Turkmenistan directly across the Caspian Sea through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Turkey. Of course the demarcation of the Caspian remains an issue.
        Last October, the Central Asia Gas Pipeline Consortium, called CentGas, in which Unocal holds an interest, was formed to develop a gas pipeline which will link Turkmenistan's vast Dauletabad gas field with markets in Pakistan and possibly India. The proposed 790-mile pipeline will open up new markets for this gas, traveling from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Multan in Pakistan. The proposed extension would move gas on to New Delhi, where it would connect with an existing pipeline. As with the proposed Central Asia oil pipeline, CentGas can not begin construction until an internationally recognized Afghanistan Government is in place.
        As Western powers look for an end game in Afghanistan, that country’s role as a planned transit route for natural gas from Turkmenistan deserves scrutiny. The long-planned pipeline, named TAPI after the initials of the four participating countries (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India), has been prominently discussed in the Asian press but rarely mentioned in the West. The TAPI pipeline is geopolitically significant, but has major challenges that have not been widely discussed.

        US policy recognizes the importance of Central Asia’s energy resources and the economic possibilities they offer in world markets and in the region itself. Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said in 2007: “One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan,” and to link South and Central Asia “so that energy can flow to the south.” In December 2009, George Krol, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, told Congress that one US priority in Central Asia is “to increase development and diversification of the region’s energy resources and supply routes.” He said, “Central Asia plays a vital role in our Afghanistan strategy.”
        The TAPI Pipeline: Long in Planning
        The US has promoted the TAPI pipeline since the 1990s. When the Taliban was governing Afghanistan, two consortia vied for the right to take on the project, one led by Unocal (an American firm) and the other by Bridas (an Argentinean firm). The US government supported the Unocal consortium. US negotiators participated in the Six-plus-Two conferences (the six countries bordering Afghanistan plus the US and Russia) from 1997 to 2001. The aim was to convince the Taliban to form a government of national unity.

        February 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Dino Droppings

        Just look up Unocal pipeline Uzbekistan.
        Its all there.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • It a smoke screen

      You really couldn't care less about the oil, right? But those poppies... now that's a different story.

      February 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  43. whattime

    As Obama, follower of Reverend Wright, continues to take taxpayer paid vacations, plays golf and takes endless corrupt fund raising trips American heroes die because of his idiotic Vietnam type rules of engagement. His politically correct war is doomed to failure because he worships Raghead values and hate American values. He brings his soiled dirty laundry into the White-house, perpetuates the largest cover up in American history and brings Chicago Style Corruption to America. When will the Obamacrits in the press admit the truth? The teleprompter in chief's administration is a complete and utter failure.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • RonC

      You really need to get a life and quit watching Faux, News. Obama didn't start those Wars nor has it anything to do with other than the Muslims and their Quran devotion, even tho it may be wrong. Obama is working his butt off to get this Country back on track after W failed so miserably. Vacations my butt....GW Bush took more vacations than any President in History.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • TPaine

        you forget that GWB (of whom I was not a fan) took HIS vacations at his own ranch. Not Marthas Vinyard, not Africa, Not Hawaii (2X's) not Paris, not Aspen etc, etc.
        I'll agree that obozo is working his a** off-to do as much damge he can before we throw is a** out.

        February 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • Sacre Bleu

        You think you're being clever by parroting the label "Faux news", but you're only showing your ignorance. It's pronounced "foe", not "fox".

        February 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Jay

      I've read these comments for a long time, but I've never seen anything as disturbing as your post. You're a living testament to the ability of Fox News and GOP politicians to control weak minds.

      February 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • TPaine

        maybe they're taking a page out of the dnc playbook...everyone knows that liberalism is a mental disorder.

        February 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • What a tragedy (not)

        We're "disturbed" are we? Oh my!

        February 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • eg

      we need a revolutuion

      February 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • TPaine

        It's coming...NOVEMBER 2012.

        February 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

      Keep on suckin' that neocon cock, batshit.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Tina

      All due respect to you, but georgie boy took vacations and he even let his family, you know brothers and their families as well on Air Force one but you never seemed to be angry about that.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Dino Droppings

      Birther alert.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  44. Spelunker4Plato

    Oh dear! Some imperialists burned books like the Nazis they are and there was a socio-political backlash.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Grow up, @s$wipe!

      February 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        .........it's "asswipe".

        And you are.

        February 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  45. dawgman1001

    Afghans do not mean to kill Americans, they just have not been properly trained up to this point. We just need to spend a couple trillion more and give them another 10 years and then they will be ready to take over their own security.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  46. toadears

    Perhaps if the d olts of Islamic faith in Afghanistan had not written all over the pages of the Koran and tried to hide them in the trash bags, they would not have been burned. YA THINK?

    February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  47. mikrik13

    If we are going to "nation build" anywhere it should be in Mexico vice the middle east. Send our military to fight the drug cartels and make Mexico livable for the Mexican people. Could even solve our border problems in the mix. The middle east doesn't value our presence, takes our money and then kills our soldiers. I would rather pay $10/gallon than have one more American soldier die for the ungrateful Arab world. Let our military/industrial complex make their money on a war with Mexican drug cartels. That would actually benefit the American people.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  48. Jack Meoff

    We were wrong to invade these middle-eastern countries, but the savage acts by these afganis is unacceptable. Your Quran is simply a compilation of words on paper. While I understand it's holy nature to some, and the disrespect that its' burning may bring- Afganis need to quit acting like savage animals in the name of religion. No one knows if god even exists, and if there is a god, surely he would not condone sensless killings merely because someone does not believe in a certain ideology. Religion is the carrier of all evil.

    February 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      Actually religion is a dead horse lying in the middle of the street. Fanatics are the problem. But, yes they are barbarians. Any prophet, such as the Ayatollah Khomeini, who says it is perfectly acceptable to have sexual relations with goats and infants is a lunatic and should be confined in a mental institution, not followed as a holy man, regardless of the sign over the door of his church/synagogue/mosque.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      Religion and the existence of God for people that possess the willingness and wisdom to discern between the two don't use the two terms synonymously...

      February 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  49. RWETIREDOF WARYET

    The headline that led me to this article was, "Afghan military attacks on U.S. not new." Oh, I see, Ho-hum...just another attack, so take get all worked up over it? It's the norm? Then why are we wasting lives over there. Bring the troops home, now.

    February 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • RWETIREDOF WARYET

      Not sure how that happened, but should have read:

      The headline that led me to this article was, "Afghan military attacks on U.S. not new." Oh, I see. Ho-hum...just another attack, so let's not get all worked up over it? It's the norm? Then why are we wasting lives over there. Bring the troops home, now.

      February 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • George

      The war ought to end, but the headline didn't mean to me what it meant to you. As I read it, we're being told simply that there have been attacks before, not that they don't matter. It's a perfectly reasonable followup piece with a reasonable headline.

      February 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  50. Cindi

    If the military would of kept their big mouths shut in the first place about their " little burning " of the Koran bible's, there would be no protests, no soldier killing, etc. We have already seen first hand what happens over a Koran bible burning from the pastor in Florida, and the aftermath we saw because of it. So don't tell me that the military didn't know what the out come would be, by them opening up their big mouths !

    February 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • RFB

      So, "they should have known" justifies the killings? Your anger seems misdirected.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Eileen

      How is "keeping their mouth shut" going to work when they say that Afghan civilian workers were there and saw it burning? They are the ones that told.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        Looks like Cindi is the one that can't seem to conduct research and due diligence before opening her "big mouth". Cindi you can take your "small foot" out of your "big mouth" now...

        February 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • toadears

      And the bank owned (Rothschilds own Reuters and the AP) press who can't stop reporting it and fanning the flames for ratings.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
      • Itisnews

        The newspapers, networks and wire services are here to report the news. If you want to criticize someone who opened his big mouth for purely personal gain and with no concern for the well-being of our troops, I suggest you aim your shots at Newt Gingrich. American soldiers might well pay the price for his attack on the president for apologizing after an obvious error that may seem minor to us but is a big deal over there.

        February 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  51. FastFrankie

    We have to sever all ties with those stupid cultures and not let them infect our country through open immigration. If we don't slam the door now, our children and grandchildren will be cursed to an Afghanistan-like existence.

    February 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • NiKfUrY69

      A democracy is not a gift to be given. It is a thing earned with the blood of patriots acting on behalf of their fellow citizens.

      By the same token, the sacred blood of our soldiers, our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, does not deserve to bless the dirt of foreign lands that cannot appreciate such.

      Lets us gather up our folk and leave these to deal with themselves. Let us leave them to their dirt houses, blood feuds, woman desecration, their miserable little lives.

      Yes there is a culture difference, but has theirs changed since Alexander rode among? Apparently not much.

      The non-violent approach is best given to us from the Amish.

      Let us cast them out and let them be shunned.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • toadears

        AMEN. Here you go, Taliban. A late Christmas present. Afghanistan.

        February 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

      A hundred years ago, you would have ranted about the "Wops, Jews, Polacks and Micks".

      February 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  52. ckarke

    We in America are a more tolerant society. You can not compare us to many other countries, they have little tolerance if any at all, it is there culture and religion. That is all they know and that is who they are. It doesn't make it right, wrong or indifferent, it is what it is.

    February 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  53. Independent

    War and killing is a national pass time in the Musla\im world.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • F B M

      Ours, too.

      February 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • FastFrankie

        Yeah right, we never have 1% of the problems that the Muslim world has.

        February 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • toadears

      FBM, last time I voted nobody got killed. What's up with Syria today in the election?? Oh, yeah.......................duh. Fail. What kills me about people like you is that you are still here, much as you despise the country. Kind of like when Sean Penn went to Iraq to straighten out Saddam and couldn't get out. Mommy. Mommy, come get me!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • F B M

      We've been involved in one conflict or another for some time now. Also, we're quite good at murdering one another here in the good 'ol US of A over absolutely nothing. As for election violence; its not inconceivable that sometime in the future, given the ever increasing polarization of our citizenry, that we may get a taste of what it's like. Not something that I would particularly mind being wrong about.
      As long as our standard of living holds out, we should be fine. If it were to crumble – all bets are off.

      February 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  54. Kevin T

    This is why we need to stay there and occupy them. Karzai is a joke. They are not our ally, and they never will be. It's a good, strategic location anyway. It's open and and good for training.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • F B M

      Of course Karzai's a joke – he is our puppet, after all. Apparently he's also bi-polar and manic depressive. Apparently.

      February 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  55. clint

    Yes, we made a mistake on burning the Korans, but civilized folks would just peacibly express their objections and not kill each other and Nato troops who are there to help them. It seems to me that the cultures in that region are extremely prone to violence for any reason, all in the name of religion. Tolerance is not in their vocabulary.I believe the Afgan, Iraqi examples are perfect reasons why we should keep our candidates and government totally out of religion.
    Apologies?? How come they never come from anyone other than Nato and US?

    February 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  56. really

    Amazing to me is the barbaric violent portray of the followers of the so-called religion of peace Islam. Even more amazing is that CNN chooses to put on its front page the "brutal" "reality" of the Bible in yet another attempt of the mainstream media to demonize Christianity while ignoring what is going on right now in Afghan. Yet even more amazing is how the burning of the Koran is being downplayed by this mainstream media like CNN. Oh it was just a "terrible mistake", the Obama Admin admit. Gee if this "inadvertent accident happened under Bush would the media be so "understanding".

    February 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  57. NoKidding

    Cut the "We're there to help them" crap. That's total BS and nobody buys it.
    We're there because we were attacked on 9/11 and we had to remove the Taliban which supported Al Qaeda who was behind the 9/11 attack. We were stuck there for years because GW Bush dropped the ball, concentrated the troops and money to the wrong war (Iraq) and failed to get Bin Laden who was the head of Al Qaeda. Now we finally killed him. So there is no reason to stay there. Why are we still there? Granted that, every time you invade a country and remove its government, you leave the country open to all evils, and the new evil may be even worse than the old one that you've removed, but that ship has sailed and we need to be out of that country. No country can continue to occupy another for a long time without suffering dire consequences. Learn from what happened to the russians.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  58. mippi is an idf fag

    I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to give all my money to the dirty evil zionists.

    I'm going to stay in debt and vote for Obama again.

    I'm going to send to my rabbi a list of names from these posts who are against israel.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  59. stephen

    Its too late to get the hell out from there. Its totally in mess due to Bush and Osama.

    The invasion of Afghanistan could be avoided 10 years ago.

    Bush accused taliban protecting al-qaeda. But actually taliban asked bush to provide proof of al-qeada and osama are involved, but somehow negotiation failed and Bush invaded Afghanistan. If let say the negotiation was a success, there will no such things happened.

    Bush shall be hanged for invading 2 countries without UN Security Council approval. We must investigate why Bush is so aggresive? Is it because of oil and weapon contrators? I am agaisnt any unlawful war and bombing.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • really

      Since Bush should be hanged for invading Iraq and Afghanistan (yep all Bush's fault), did u know he got Congress and the Dems to approve both invasion? Sooooooo, should Obama be hanged for invading 4 countries as well. Did u forget, Egypt Pakistan, Yemen & Libya? Oh don't forget Obama had sent special forces to 4 countries in Africa. All of these WITHOUT CONGRESS APPROVAL!!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • Chuck

        any other fairy tales you care share/

        February 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Chuck- U.S. Special Ops Forces in these countries isn't a "fairy tale"...

        February 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
      • TPaine

        "chuck" doesn't want the truth...chuck couldn't handle the truth.

        February 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
      • I'm for Arabification!

        All we REALLY need to do is drop a pissed off Chuck Norris over the Middle East...game over!

        February 27, 2012 at 1:07 am |
      • Dino Droppings

        Nope.
        I just googled us troops in Egypt Pakistan, Yemen & Libya.
        Nope no US troops.
        Liar.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • really

      I did not know the United States of America answers only to the UN Security Council. Gee we should stop all elections and just have the UN Security Council appoint our president, members of congress and the supreme courts. I think that would also save a ton of money too. What do u think?
      Oh one more thing, did Obama got the UN Security Council to approve his invasions on, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bahrain and Kenya? What about Bill Clinton? He invaded Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Haiti, Croatia and quite a few more. I don't believe he got UN Security Council approval on all. Should we hang him too?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • Dino Droppings

        Lying moron.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  60. Skorpio

    The Koran should be banned and prohibited because it is more violent, discriminatory and antisemitic than Hitler's book "Mein Kampf". Its content is extremely offensive, repulsive, denigrates and humiliates all non-Muslims especially Jews. All Western countries should analyze these violent demonstrations/killings and consider taking actions against this evil religion before it is too late.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • F B M

      Toss it into the bonfire.

      Next to the bible.

      February 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Johnny

      Ban the book, eh? Thanks, but no. This is America, not Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia. As for the evil inherent in the Quaran or Koran, there seem to be a rather large number of Muslims who live peacefully in spite of it. Have you read it? I'm in the process and what I've seen so far does not impress, but my guess is that you haven't a clue. That, it seems to me, is a good enough reason for you to keep your thoughts to yourself.

      February 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  61. guslv

    GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF THAT AFGANISTAN STINKHOLE BEFORE ANYMORE OF THEIR LIVES ARE WASTED!

    February 26, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  62. sara

    Bangash – Get your head out of your ass. The Afghans allowed the Taliban to work with Al Queada, the most extreme ideological terrror group of ISLAM. USA went there in retaliation to 911 becaseu Afghan Taliban supported that attack. USA is not an EMPIRE and does not empire build – when we go to actually help the poor civilians who really want nothign to do with the crazies but just lead their own life, the crazy terror groups act subversively. The poor Afghan citizens get caught in the middle. USA must leave Afghan – nothign will change the way they want to live. But heavne help you if USA is attacked on USA soli and the Taliban is behind it. If you think you see drone now, just wait

    February 26, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • Bangash

      Sara, sorry to say that you were one of the cheated American as for your information we never knew OSAMA or his Alqaida however we knew it very well that Alqaida was found in Masjid Alfarooq Brooklyn USA in 1988. Similarly Osama was hired by CIA through Saudi intelligence service for war against USSR on Afghan soil. The then President Reagon used to call him a hero of Afghan jehad. So Sara for us Osama and Obama are two faces of same coin and we hate both as they are responsible for our three decades long sufferings.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  63. john

    Nuke the Afghans and bring are troops home.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Nuking them would not be a good idea. It would piss off an entire region. Do you know how many muslims there are in the world.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Mary

        Not to mention that it would be a horrible thing to kill thousands of innocent people. But we know you didn't really mean that. Immaturity is difficult, isn't it?

        February 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Joe

      You got to get your priorities right buddy .. Its bring them troops back home and then nuke afghanistan 🙂

      February 27, 2012 at 5:44 am | Reply
  64. mipolitic

    the first thing that must happen is that the usa personnell must come home, the big problem with that is that the resources of afghanistan will fall into the hands of russia and china.
    yes after all the blood , money , and assest nothing has changed and is possibly much worse after ten years of occuption of afghanistan, to bad , the politcians try to fight through its military with tolerance and one hand tied behind the back, so since the politicians do not have a stomach for victory on a military level, then we must get out now.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • mippi fag

      I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to give all my money to the dirty evil zionists.

      I'm going to stay in debt and vote for Obama again.

      I'm going to send to my rabbi a list of names from these posts who are against israel.

      I'm telling on J. Pollard.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  65. Bangash

    Pakistani Hater you like other Americans misguided and cheated. Afghans had never asked Americans to come and kill them in their homes and streets. They have invaded this poor nation and desecrating their most respected holy book. No doubt Americans will never leave this strategically important location in their global Empire but this incident will prove a turning point as same Afghan soil has disintegrated Russian Empire, when Americans made them believe that Russians have desecrated holy Quran which was never proved. Now history is repeating itself and Americans are reaping what they have sown in Afghan soil during last three decades.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • John K

      Hay dude, why don't you get a bunch of Bibles and burn them all in front of and for CNN news to film. Then put this film on the internet and then see what happens?

      February 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Buzzer

      Bangesh- do you know what "intent" is? You don't know the circumstances on why U.S. military servicemembers made this mistake. Do you really think that it was intentional, knowing the past violence that has erupted because of these actions? You really think theses U.S. military servicemembers were patting each other on the back, chanting "burn Mohammed burn"? Do you really lack that much common sense and discernment? Or are you hateful blinders of so tight you can see nothing but what is 3 feet in front of you face? BTW, "Allah" or "God" doesn't need to be defended...if you think that God is diminshed because his word was burned then you have put God into a very small and "limited box".

      February 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  66. bud

    give them a couple of camels that will shut them up

    February 26, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
  67. ChuckB

    This is typical of the history of imperial powers occupation of Afghanistan. The Brits and the Russians and others have had this experience, not to overlook Alexander's Greeks. It is an easy country to enter and difficult to leave. Afghans don't feel inferior because they have a tribal culture; it is the way they want it. They have a warrior society, like that of the Native Americans of the plains; the difference is that there are far to many of them to just be brushed aside by "civiliizations," In our hubris we ignore that we are the interlopers, and it is their country. They are under no obligation to play the game as we define it. The answer is for us to get out and let them enjoy their chaos.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • NoKidding

      "They are under no obligation to play the game as we define it". Agree with you ChuckB. People keep forgetting that we were not invited there and greeted with roses and kisses. We went there to do what we needed to do, but this is somebody else's country, not ours, and we are the invaders no matter how you look at it. To occupy somebody's country then expect them to behave the way we think they should, that is the biggest BS.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  68. Mindstorms

    A former CIA terrorism expert once said. "The problem with the Afghans is that they have reversible turbans; their loyalty depends on who is in town.." Two thousand years of foreign invaders have left them with an understandable wariness of the "we're here to help" gesture.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Bangash

      No Mindstorm you and your CIA are wrong as Afghans have very clear mindset which you all need to understand. Afghans can be subjugated for some time but not for ever and will rise when see a space to breath. Like Chuk B has said that it is easy country to enter but very difficult to leave. Afghanistan has always trapped the big one in the past and have changed the world. Probably another big change in the world politics is on track, which no doubt American nation will support but for American Govt it may prove an end to the last Empire.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • SanctionTheMedia

      The CIA IS a terrorist organization.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  69. Pakistani Hater

    Please get the hell out of there. Let these animals kill each other.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply

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