Pentagon: War strategy not changing
March 12th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Pentagon: War strategy not changing

By Chris Lawrence

The Pentagon continued to call the mass shooting in Afghanistan "an isolated incident," and that the overall mission has not changed. "Despite what some are saying, we not changing our fundamental strategy," says Pentagon spokesman George Little.

Little's comments echoed that of administration officials assertion to White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar that the massacre will not derail discussions on the role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when foreign combat troops are scheduled to withdraw.Little said the soldier was never in the custody of Afghan forces, and will not face punishment under the Afghan justice system.  The suspect, a soldier who supported a Green Beret unit conducting village stability operations, was moved to a larger base from the outpost where he was detained.

"The US military has strong means to address wrongdoing. There is an agreement in place with the government of Afghanistan, so that the investigation – and when appropriate, prosecution – will be done through US military channels," Little said.

The Pentagon spokesman said  an investigative team is already working to uncover a notice and the means by which the soldier left the combat outpost and entered the villages where the shootings occurred.

"They are prepared for a potential criminal prosecution," Little added.  He also indicated the Pentagon would not release the name of the soldier until charges were formally brought against him, but indicated that the soldier's family had been notified.

This shooting comes after furious protests erupted when the US military accidentally burned Korans at a base in Afghanistan, and video of US Marines urinating on Afghan corpses circulated widely over the internet.

Little said recent polls that show a lack of American support for the war will not impact the strategy.

"We are not conducting this war effort by polls. We are not going to be guided by polls, which can change on a daily if not hourly basis," Little said.

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  1. Lorna

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    May 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  2. tanya

    Now we will surely burn thanks to u. we shall all cry now thanks alot tanya but 'm sure u will still be greeted by loads of love & kisses love mom

    March 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  3. tanya

    Go now start toastng haa

    March 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  4. Feltch

    What strategy?

    March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  5. John

    Just like it said. "We dont care about the polls". Yep, Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Good Luck with that

    March 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  6. jon

    This is a joke last time I checked war is war. No formalities no I'm sorry we burned your book of hatred and etc. Anything and everything to uphold the country you love what a joke

    March 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  7. Skorpio

    The US should ban the Koran in all military bases due to the following:
    1) Muslim clerics use the Koran as a weapon to incite and instigate the masses to provoke violence, hatred and terrorism attacks against Americans. 2) In comparison to Hitler's book "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and ant-Semitic. 3) The same way Saudi Arabia confiscates bibles because they are perceived as subversives, the US should confiscate Korans. 4) The Koran provokes violence, hatred, resentment, terrorism, vengeance and discrimination. 5) The Koran's content is extremely offensive, and humiliates, denigrates non-Muslims especially Jews.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • concerned citizen

      Shut up with your whining about anti semitism, nobody cares anymore.

      And everybody hates Israel

      March 13, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
  8. Skorpio

    The US should ban the Koran in all military bases due to the following:
    1) Muslim clerics use the Koran as a weapon to incite and instigate violence, hatred and terrorism against Americans. 2) In comparison to Hitler's book "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and ant-Semitic. 3) The same way Saudi Arabia confiscates bibles because they are perceived as subversives, the US should confiscate Korans. 4) The Koran provokes violence, hatred, resentment, terrorism, vengeance and discrimination. 5) The Koran's content is extremely offensive, and humiliates, denigrates non-Muslims especially Jews.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  9. the wise

    Jewsagainstzionism.com

    Marvelous

    March 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  10. anti-zionist

    DOWN WITH APARTEID ISRAEL!!!

    RIGHT OF RETURN AND COMPENSATION!!!

    HALT SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION!

    ya dig....

    March 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
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      May 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  11. achilles

    Right!!

    And aipac has ALL the politcians by the balls....

    Used to like Israel....but my feelings are quite different now.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  12. concerned citizen

    Our policy of jumping to the whims of Israel, must either change, or a global conflict will certainly follow.

    We must all rally against the aparteid regime in Israel.

    Lobby within your community to help people understand the danger of Israel, and global zionism.

    It's time for us to take a stand.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • achilles

      I do lobby. It's a great pleasure when I wake up a friend, to what is actually going on, with regards to Israel.

      Their holocaust pity is rapidly evaporating...

      March 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  13. mipolitic

    well what do i know or any of us compared to the leaders of the pentagon?

    well we know life and people , and with what has happened over there is now much like vietnam, and we all know the result of that, the common folk were attacked by a mad man from the west { nato } and the common folk are not just mad they are now carrying a deep hatred for us, once you loose the common folks you have lost.

    this will now result in very deep mistrust between the people and anything in uniform, the internal workings of afghan support will be cut off and other nato leaders will review their stand and mission in afghanistan and it will quickly waver and troops will be withdrawn because of the outcry in their home counties , much like what happened in the usa about vietnam only it will not take very long before pull outs occur.

    germany's leader was unexpectedly on the scene in afghanistan within hours after the attack of the mad man , election of nato leaders at home will over ride their mission in afghanistan, in short it is over, but just how long it takes for washington to come to that wisdom who knows.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • concerned citizen

      Washington awaits orders from mossad, and the Israeli high command.

      And the criminal lender's in tel-aviv.

      This is old news to those learned few of us, not fooled by zionist manuvering.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • achilles

      Anybody with even a vauge interest in geo political theory could deduce what's going on.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply

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