Monday, June 18, 2012

Men in Afghan police uniforms kill U.S. soldier

In what has been described as a likely insider attack by Afghan security officials, a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan was killed and nine others were injured [most of them with reportedly minor wounds] when three gunmen wearing Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on them.

The latest attack dealt another blow to President Obama's plans to hand over Afghanistan's security to the Afghan security forces by the middle of 2013; the U.S. military is supposed to be working closely with the Afghan forces to train and mentor them.

Insider attacks have escalated dramatically since President Obama took office in 2009.

Already in the first 6 months of this year, at least 22 coalition service members have been killed by their supposed Afghan allies, not including the U.S. service member killed on Monday. Roughly half of the casualties were American soldiers. 35 coalition troops were killed by their purported Afghan allies over a 12-month span last year; 20 were killed the previous year, and 4 were killed in the years 2007 and 2008 combined.

Incidentally, I noted last month, via CNS News, that 1,275 of the 1,844 U.S. troops killed in and around Afghanistan, since the war began a little over 10 years ago, were killed after Barack Obama became President in 2009.

I also noted: Perhaps the Taliban would have been less emboldened had Obama not announced his artificial timeline for surrender the very day he announced his [artificial] troop surge in Afghanistan [in 2009]. And, perhaps the Taliban would have been less emboldened had he not showed his desperation to negotiate and strike a deal with them. And, more than likely, there would have been a lot less U.S. military casualties in Afghanistan had the Appeaser-in-Chief not implemented his Policy of Emboldenment.

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