Palin Lies – Truth DiesOctober 3, 2008
Some of his comments that he’s made about the war, that I think, in my world disqualify someone from consideration for the next commander-in-chief. Some of the comments he’s made about Afghanistan, what we are doing there, ‘just air raiding villages and killing civilians.’ That’s reckless.
What Sen. Obama actually said:
Now you have narco drug lords who are helping to finance the Taliban, so we’ve got to get the job done there [in Afghanistan], and that requires us to have enough troops that we are not just air raiding villages, and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.
Washington Post on July 7, 2007 (5 days before Sen. Obama’s comments)
Afghan elders said Saturday that 108 civilians were killed this week in a bombing campaign in western Afghanistan, and villagers in the northeast said 25 Afghans died in airstrikes.
New York Times, June 30, 2007 (2 weeks before Sen. Obama’s comments)
In what has become a dolefully familiar episode, local Afghan officials reported Saturday that dozens of civilians, and perhaps a great many more, were killed during United States-led coalition airstrikes, this time in the Grishk district of the southern province of Helmand, where dozens of civilians died under similar circumstances last week.
Air strikes by foreign forces in Afghanistan have recently killed more civilians than the Taliban and the U.S.-led operation should cut them back, an Afghan rights group said on Monday.
Instead, NATO and U.S.-led coalition troops battling the Taliban and other insurgents should boost the number of their foot soldiers — already numbering nearly 50,000, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission said.
In the latest incident involving civilian fatalities, Afghan officials said on the weekend that 45 civilians were killed in an air strike in the south of the country.
The same Rueters report cites Karzai
Karzai, who was handpicked by Western powers after the Taliban’s removal and was elected in 2004, has repeatedly urged foreign forces to better coordinate operations with his government.
He has warned that civilian deaths would have bad consequences for his government.
New York Times, August 9, 2007 (less than a month after Sen. Obama’s comments)
A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people.
Other British officers here in Helmand Province, speaking on condition of anonymity, criticized American Special Forces for causing most of the civilian deaths and injuries in their area. They also expressed concerns that the Americans’ extensive use of air power was turning the people against the foreign presence as British forces were trying to solidify recent gains against the Taliban.
So, you tell me, who should we believe in this? Senator Obama, Hamid Karzai, Rueters, The Washington Post, a senior British NATO commander, or Sarah Palin?
On June 8, 2008, this is what Sarah Palin had to say about the wars:
I’d rather have a President that was concerned about the horrific casualties of war than a Vice President who thinks that war is part of god’s plan.