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A NATO drone strike killed 5 Afghan soldiers, the Afghan government announced this morning.

"At 3:30 a.m. this morning, due to a NATO airstrike in Charkh district, Logar province, five service members of the Afghan national army were martyred and eight others were wounded," Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said on his Twitter account.

Khalilullah Kamal, the Charkh district governor, told the news agency Agence France-Presse he had visited the site of the attack, which he said was from a U.S. drone.

NATO has apologized. But the article notes that this was a base that the US had turned over to Afghan soldiers. So why wasn't some process in place to warn drone operators not to strike that base? If Google can map the world, then why can't we map places and mark them so our drone operators know not to strike there?

The blood of these soliders is on our government's hands, paid for by your taxpayer dollars. And then they wonder why Karzai is kicking NATO out of his country at the end of 2014.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." - W.E.B. Du Bois Be informed. Fight the Police State.

    by Eternal Hope on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:35:43 AM PST

  •  I don't pledge allegiance to the flag or the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    "republic for it stands" anymore.
    I love my country, the land and the people, but I have come to despise and fear this government.

    Rivers are horses and kayaks are their saddles

    by River Rover on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:43:46 AM PST

    •  the republic for which it stands is not the gov. (1+ / 0-)
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      River Rover

      we currently have.

      Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
      By Wendell Berry

      One of the articles in Reclaiming Politics (IC#30)
      Originally published in Fall/Winter 1991 on page 62
      Copyright (c)1991, 1996 by Context Institute

      Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
      vacation with pay. Want more
      of everything ready-made. Be afraid
      to know your neighbors and to die.
      And you will have a window in your head.
      Not even your future will be a mystery
      any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
      and shut away in a little drawer.
      When they want you to buy something
      they will call you. When they want you
      to die for profit they will let you know.

      So, friends, every day do something
      that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
      Love the world. Work for nothing.
      Take all that you have and be poor.
      Love someone who does not deserve it.
      Denounce the government and embrace
      the flag. Hope to live in that free
      republic for which it stands.
      Give your approval to all you cannot
      understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
      has not encountered he has not destroyed.

      Ask the questions that have no answers.
      Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
      Say that your main crop is the forest
      that you did not plant,
      that you will not live to harvest.
      Say that the leaves are harvested
      when they have rotted into the mold.
      Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

      Put your faith in the two inches of humus
      that will build under the trees
      every thousand years.
      Listen to carrion – put your ear
      close, and hear the faint chattering
      of the songs that are to come.
      Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
      Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
      though you have considered all the facts.
      So long as women do not go cheap
      for power, please women more than men.
      Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
      a woman satisfied to bear a child?
      Will this disturb the sleep
      of a woman near to giving birth?

      Go with your love to the fields.
      Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
      in her lap. Swear allegiance
      to what is nighest your thoughts.
      As soon as the generals and the politicos
      can predict the motions of your mind,
      lose it. Leave it as a sign
      to mark the false trail, the way
      you didn’t go. Be like the fox
      who makes more tracks than necessary,
      some in the wrong direction.
      Practice resurrection.

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in.

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:47:22 PM PST

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  •  Seriously, NATO, WTH? This drone crap is stupid. (4+ / 0-)

    How much prestige and "relative legitimacy" do we lose every time we blow up innocent people, children at a wedding party, etc.

    If we were not there "protecting ourselves" these people would have no reason to even think about us.

    But, now we've convinced just about everyone that we are a combination of SKYNET, and the Darth Vador Death Star.

    Thank goodness we've spend over a trillion extra dollars protecting our freedoms since 9/11. Can you imaging what it would it have been like if we had just spent at week blowing up the actual al Qaeda camps and come home 10 years ago?

    There might be several hundred million, if not a billion people in the region who hate us and see us as evil incarnate. And, maybe a couple 100,000 less supportive of the most violence resistance against us. And, maybe several thousand fewer who are willing to die doing anything they can to achieve what they consider to be justice for their lost relatives.

    Great Job, Bushie, (and subsequent leaders.)  This is truly top notch military and strategic planning. Reminds me of how brilliant our war against American drug users, has been.

    Similar net results.

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:59:24 AM PST

  •  Drone bases are primary motivation for still being (4+ / 0-)

    in Afghanistan at this point.  Continuing "collateral damage" (what an awful euphemism)  from these strikes will almost inevitably lead to blowback in some fashion.

    Continuing a useless occupation in an effort to maintain a counterproductive policy makes no sense whatsoever.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:01:07 AM PST

    •  Feels like Vietnam. (0+ / 0-)

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in.

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:48:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Actually, NATO already apologized. (0+ / 0-)

    NATO airstrike kills 5 Afghan soldiers

    Western officials were quick to apologize for the attack, which occurred before sunrise Thursday.

    In a statement, the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the aircraft was performing reconnaissance for an Afghan operation when it “engaged suspected insurgents on a ridge.”

    “It was later determined that the suspected insurgents were Afghan National Army soldiers,” the statement said.

    “We value the strong relationship with our Afghan partners, and we will determine what actions will be taken to ensure incidents like this do not happen again,” ISAF said.

  •  I can't handle this. Too much torture (0+ / 0-)

    and blood and, despite the fact that I know we are no longer a democracy and I have no influence over my government (or next to none), it's still being done in my name.

    Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in.

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:44:06 PM PST

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