White House on Afghanistan shooting
March 11th, 2012
02:37 PM ET

White House on Afghanistan shooting

Deputy NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden offered this written statement on the Afghanistan shooting:

"The President was informed this morning of the incident by his senior national security staff and received a briefing from them early this afternoon before calling President Karzai. This afternoon’s meeting included National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan Doug Lute."

The White House released a written statement from President Obama expressing his condolences to the Afghan people and his desire to fully investigate the incident.

"I am deeply saddened by the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering. This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan. I fully support Secretary Panetta’s and General Allen’s commitment to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible."


Topics: Afghanistan • Military • White House

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. judy

    a good arguement to get out of afganistan asap. Again the president demonstrates moral courage to send condolenses to the afgan civilans. Our young people have again been put in harms way by these shootings. The president is doing what he can to bring calm back to this terrible cituation. Obama in 2012

    March 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Sponge-Bob

      But Obama said it was a "good war". Sheesh, if Obama said it was a good idea to drive a nail in your head you'd be heading to the hardware store. Whoever this shooter was, he should be tried in a military court and executed.

      March 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @Sponge-Bob aka Joey, you don't fool me...I know who you are because I suggested your new name!! Yes..Obama did say it was a 'good war', way back then when it was understandable that America was in Afghanistan and he is working tirelessly to get us out of their like he did IRAQ!! One of the lies Bush told us we were in Afghanistan was that since Bin Laden was said to be held up there, we were going in to look for him which was short-lived. Something else came up which was more important, more lucrative, more financially and powerfully savvy! IRAQ/OIL/CONTRACTS/BUSINESS. They forgot all about OBL. Now that Obama has finished the job by finding OBL in PAKISTAN and getting rid of him...he is working hard at bringing soldiers and marines and the rest of the military out of Afghanistan. For you to just sit up and say he said it was a 'good war', with no explanation of what you knew he meant when he said it is just another one of your misrepresentations!! Anybody that has one iota of scrupples knows the man was saying it was a 'good war', because we'd had more of a 'good reason' to go there in the first place; unlike the the fake reasons they came up with to go into IRAQ!

        March 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  2. Steve1959

    Lizzy – Iraq is quickly falling back into the abiss because we hastily pulled out. To still try and say that we went into Iraq for fake reasons is simply an outright lie and you know it is. Every major intelligence agency and every major Democrat said there were WMDs in Iraq at the time. Let's also not forget that the only reason Obama was able to get OBL was because of the information obtained during the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the Bush Administration at Guantanamo, you know, the place Obama was going to close the day he took office.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      And in the violence are rays of hope.... http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/

      March 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      Fake reasons yes...war profiteering wrapped up in a search for non-existent WMD. That old bait and switcharoo....knowing full well that Afghanistan was going to be one long hard brutal war...why not beat up Saddam instead.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Stevey...first I will respond to your accusing me of knowing what I said was a lie. No I don't know what I said was a lie and I don't believe it was a lie..OK?? Now you may want to take your time and read what I'm saying now..and it's quite lengthy. You might have to come back to it when you have time. LOL!! I don't know any of this is a lie either!! You sound like a fool if you for one little bit believe what the media was told to tell you about the Bush administrations intel in regards to OBL!! Bush said himself OBL was no longer a threat and he wasn't worried about him anymore! If there was any left over intel, it must not have made him any difference!! He dropped the ball...Obama caught it and made the shot with his own re-investigation and the NEW research done by his OWN administration!! Any US President would probably have to look back at old intel, but after so long it goes dry and has to be renewed and built upon!! We had info that OBL was hold up in Afghanistan..but he had time to run amuck! The mission had to be 'refreshed'!! That is what Obama did! He REOPENED THE MISSION, RE-INVESTIGATED IT, BUILT ON THE OLD INTEL, GAVE THE DIRECTIVE, AND THE SPECIAL OPS TEAM WENT IN AND GOT OSAMA BIN LADEN....FINALLY! Where?? In Pakistan!! As far as your little quip about IRAQ...I'm lying huh? Well if I'm lying, I'm flying!!...and the problem is more than half of the country thought they were wrong for going into IRAQ, but did we have enough gumption to stop them like everybody now seems to have now-a-days to stop Obama at everything he's endeavored to do?? NO! You all sat back like sheep, 'bah-bah-bah'...whatever you say Cowboy Bush...we're Americans and we stand together and behind our President no matter what..he might be right..we'll stay the course!! Well you claim it's falling back into an abiss (abyss) because we pulled out too soon?? Well it isn't our fault! We spent 10 years fighting, dying and training them, gave'em weapons and supplies...what else do you want? The US military gets somewhere around 8 to 12 weeks training and then they have to get going! Furthermore...I have one more thing to say; whatever happened to the big 'hurrahs' that some of you immediately started screaming for Bush when Obama started bringing the troops home? You all claimed Obama didn't do it,... We asked why? You all said Bush did it because he was the one who drew up the IRAQ Contract and the entry and exit dates?? So if you have a problem with the 'early out' that the US took from IRAQ...you may need to talk to Bush about it! It's a strange come off that anytime it's something that comes down the pipeline that could be construed as a positive or in favor of Obama, you all dig, spin and find a way to give the honor to Bush!! On the other hand, if it's something that's been media-presented with controversy and misinformation, which could be percieved as a negative...no matter who, when or how it got started, the 'honor' goes to Obama!! And to Obama alone..why is that?

      March 12, 2012 at 12:33 am |
      • David Mann

        Excellent post Liz. Obviously you've researched the issues. But even though Bush was President, I blame Cheney for the WMD fiasco. I see Bush as Mortimer Snerd and Cheney as Satan. I don't believe a more evil person ever held high office in the US before. He orchestrated the invasion that cost the lives of 4,000 American military and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians so that he could make millions from Halliburton. Sponge-bob is just your typical RID (Republican-in-denial). Probably gets all his info from Faux News.

        March 12, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • Crutch

      Steve I think you need to get some more information before posting. The info did not come from Gitmos and the treatment at Gitmos did not change a thing. Do a little research and you will be surprise what you will find out.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • FLIndependent

      @Steve – People like you are utterly hopeless! Why don't we just invade EVERY country that has WMD if you really think that was the reason we went into Iraq. BTW, why are gas prices rising when we were told that that war would help lower gas prices – could that have been yet another lie from the Bush/Cheney administration? As far as getting Osama Bin Laden, Bush took his eyes off of that a couple of years after 9/11, so please quit giving Bush credit for the killing of OBL as it was Obama that made it his priority and accomplished the task for the entire WORLD!!

      March 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Thanks...FLIndepedent...good post!

        March 14, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  3. Sponge-Bob

    Name*Liz Carter – Yep it's me, I changed the nick so you could refer to me as you wanted.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      LOL!! That is thoughtful of you. However, thanks for being honest at least this time Joey aka Sponge-Bob!! Now doesn't that feel good? LOL!! Try it more often you might like it!! Now I'm going to be honest with you on this,...I really don't like calling names! Sometimes out of disgust and anger I get weak. LOL! I'm working on it as best I can. GOD ain't through with me yet!!

      March 12, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  4. Sora

    Judy you are an idiot how can you in any way support someone who has taken away your bill of rights? There was no reason for this war because its done without the Congressional approval. Obama has committed treason due to him going int o war with Libya without the congress. So do you research you little sheep. here are some things to research.
    NDAA, ACTA SOPA etc

    March 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  5. Lefty

    I heard after this guy did the shooting he calmly turned himself in. Sounds like maybe he planned it all along, some people do have a death wish.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Steveo

      The only problem with this death wish Lefty is he did not limit it to himself. In other words, how many Americans are going to be targeted and killed because of one knuckle head? Yeah I know some died because of a book burning but this appears to be premeditated. This could be costly!

      March 12, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  6. krm1007

    This entire region needs to be demilitarized. China should step to plate and take leadership role. India needs to be relegated to fighting the pirates in the adjoining ocean. Pakistan should be emerging as the new gateway to Europe and Central Asia. Americans to keep on focusing on evolving culinary/food cable channels.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • Steveo

      Americans to keep on focusing on evolving culinary/food cable channels.
      -------------–
      Care to explain this?

      March 12, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  7. Name*Liz Carter

    Sora...Really?!? I've often wondered how could you and so many RIDs (Republicans-in-Denial)* thanks...that's a good one David Mann* can be so ignorantly brash to claim President Obama committed treason in going into Lybia 'without' the Congress. The Congress were the main ones going around to every media outlet whinning and crying that he was taking too long....he should have been there 2 weeks ago, per John McCain and Joe Liberman!! They even said they didn't like him 'leading from behind'...'Americans never lead from behind' and all kinds of demeaning BS like that! Thousands of American Citizens were on the internet..blogging and berating him for what they believed was taking too long...screaming 'people are dying over there'! What's he waiting for? 'Their bloodshed is on his hands'! Commentators and pundits were also crying foul on the newsstations about how long it was taking him! All this was going on while Obama and Hillary were trying to get authorization to go in from the UN. Something that Bush didn't get when he forced his way on into IRAQ!! The UN never gave him authorization!! Congress of course was on another vacation by the time they got authorization, so what was he to do? Wait until they brought their 'arces' back to work?? I'm positive and it stands to reason to anyone with a smidgeon of scrupples, that President Obama was SURE he had THEIR 'go-ahead', from the way they were crying! While even on their vacations, Congressmen were running around from station to station whinning and crying foul on Obama for what they claimed he was lingering! As soon as he made the decision to go on into Lybia that same backstabbing Congress and the Obama bashing haters flipped the script and started yelling he committed treason...he went in without Congress!! From what a fool could see, he must have had their approval! They were berating him of NOT going in as early as they thought he should! Furthermore, he as President of The United States, had the authority to go ahead and make the call for humanities sake. Plus..he had cleared it through the United Nations! Some of you need to do your research before you keep spouting stupid rhetoric against this President!! Where were all of you when Bush was fracking up??

    March 12, 2012 at 11:48 am |