Santorum: US Should Apologize for Afghan Killings

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 10:11 AM

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says an apology may be in order for the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, The Washington Post Election 2012 blog reported.

In a campaign stop in Biloxi, Mississippi, Santorum said the United States must determine what happened in the incident.

“Obviously this is a horrible situation where if it turns out to be the case that this person did a horrible wrong and it was a deliberate act, a deliberate act by an American soldier, and that is something we should clearly say was something that we should apologize for, that it’s not a mistake, it wasn’t something that was inadvertent,” he said.

“This was something that was deliberately done by an American soldier to innocent civilians. It’s something that the proper authorities should apologize for, for not doing their job in making sure that something like this wouldn’t happen. Something like this should not happen in our military, period.”

The killings and the previous Koran burnings have injected the issue of Afghanistan into the presidential contest. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has suggested a pullout of U.S. troops and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said the mission is “not doable,” the Post reported.

“I think the current situation, with the president putting a timeline in place, has made a very winnable operation very, very difficult” Santorum said according to the Post. “It continues to unravel because the president has given something to the enemy that we should have been able to deny them, which is hope. You either commit to winning it, you demoralize and defeat the enemy. Or you do what this president has done, which is put political timelines in place.”



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