2:04 a.m. PDT
CNN just announced that two more American soldiers have been killed by an Afghan police officer. That takes the total number of Americans killed this year by supposedly friendly Afghans to over 30.
This is becoming too common. News reports on these attacks have become shorter and less detailed because it just doesn’t shock us anymore. Are the US military commanders doing anything more to attempt to prevent these killings than they were doing five or six months ago? If the majority of Afghans do not want us in their country, we should leave. Maybe we should find out before more American lives are lost needlessly.
update – August 20
More Americans were murdered in the past couple of days. Six of our soldiers were killed last week in two separate attacks. So far this year there have been 32 attacks in which 40 Americans have died. One in four casualties in 2010 were the result of attacks by supposedly trustworthy Afghans.
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Bagram Air Base today, partly to assess this situation. All personnel of the International Security Assistance Force have been ordered to carry a loaded gun at all times. That may help some, but at least two NATO personnel were shot in the back of their heads while sitting at their desks. Gen. Dempsey said Afghans will now be better vetted before being allowed in secure areas.