Monday, March 12, 2012
Eleven years of sweat and death in Afghanistan have been flushed down the toilet by one soldier. US credibility has never been so low with the citizens there, especially after the accidental burning of Korans a few weeks ago. As I've written here before, the credibility of organizations depends on the lowest ranked employees where the organization meets the public. This sergeant might have been crazed but tell the Afghans that. He shot babies along with adults. The sergeant will be court-martialed but that offers little solace to the parents and grandparents of dead children. This is the kind of incident that gives generals and diplomats blinding headaches, and the president must be feeling sick to his stomach. All that effort for naught.