Reprinted from Mike Malloy Website
It's become surreal, the killing and apologizing, the airstrikes on weddings and antiquities. The torturing of innocent detainees, some of them children, too. "Oops" just doesn't quite get it anymore.
We've become numb. Numb to the physical devastation in the region, ancient cities turned to rubble. Numb death of our children by armed madmen in schools, numb to the death of our troops fighting the most hopeless of lost causes in the Mideast, numb to the inconceivable number of civilians who have been murdered in our names.
Where do we go from here, Truthseekers? How do we regain our national senses and make amends for the death and destruction wrought by our once admirable Republic? If we are a city on a hill, the hill is made of corpses.
Obama apologized. And the Neocons are going ballistic because America NEVER says it's sorry! Huzzah! My Country Right or Wrong! God, Guns, and Glory. Bloodthirsty savages who prove that the technological advances of our civilization have far surpassed our moral evolution. Our Shining Ship of States is just an iceberg away from a collective Lord of the Flies experience.
The AP has this:
"President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents.
"Obama's telephone call to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, came a day after the White House had stopped short of an apology, waiting to learn more while acknowledging that the attack was a U.S. mistake. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama offered condolences to the staff and pledged a 'transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts.'
"Liu confirmed the apology and, in a written statement, reiterated her organization's call for the U.S. government to consent to an independent investigation 'to establish what happened in Kunduz, how it happened, and why it happened.'
"'When the United States makes a mistake, we own up to it, we apologize where appropriate, and we are honest about what transpired,' Earnest said. He described Obama's apology as 'heartfelt.'- Advertisement -
"Emerging details about the erroneous strike have only fueled growing condemnation by Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups in the four days since the clinic in the northern city of Kunduz came under heavy fire that killed a dozen staffers and 10 patients. After initial confusion, officials determined the U.S. had carried out the strike, an admission that complicates delicate U.S. efforts in Afghanistan as Obama weighs how many troops to leave there.
"Obama told Liu that the U.S. would review the attack to determine whether changes to U.S. military procedures could reduce the chances of a similar incident.
"U.S. officials have declined to discuss most circumstances of the blunder, and it's unclear whether the strike exceeded the rules applying to American forces operating in Afghanistan. But the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, has said Afghan forces fighting to retake Kunduz from the Taliban had requested U.S. air power, and that a U.S. special operations unit in the 'close vicinity' was communicating with the crew of the heavily armed AC-130 gunship that pummeled the hospital."
We have a drone-strike policy that targets our own citizens, why should this airstrike on foreign doctors, children, and patients come as any surprise, Truthseekers? It's just part of our collective national nervous breakdown.
And so it goes...