Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday expressed "personal regret" for recent U.S. airstrikes that killed Afghan civilians, and pledged more accurate targeting in future.
After meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior government officials, Gates said at a news conference, "As I told them, I offer all Afghans my sincere condolences and personal regret for the recent loss of innocent life as a result of coalition airstrikes."
"......pledged more accurate targeting in future"??????
If we had more accurate targeting devices, would the US military not have used them by now?!?
This is all posturing for the American-propped government, which the Afghani people believe to be so crooked that each individual member of it has to screw their socks on in the morning.
As the US and NATO do not have enough troops on the ground to do the job (and never will, because even with the new US troops going there next year, we're miserably short of the 400,000 troops US military protocol says we need to handle the occupation), the only military answer they have left is aerial bombing.
And aerial bombing guarantees two things: you're going to continue to kill a number of non-combatants, and radicalize those left standing even further against the Karzai government.
At the end of the day, the only answers are inclusion of the Taliban into the political and social process, and a government which which can really deliver some kind of economic progress for its people.
Of course, efforts in these directions would be logical. And Americans have come to acutely understand that logic has absolutely no place the thinking of this administration.