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Aug. 5, 2014

U.S. General Killed in Afghanistan

A high-profile U.S. military official was the victim of a “green-on-blue” attack by an Islamic Taliban sympathizer in Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal reports, “An Afghan soldier killed a two-star U.S. Army general when he opened fire on a group of Western military officers Tuesday, officials said, claiming the highest-ranking American casualty in more than a decade of war and resurrecting concerns about the U.S. exit strategy from Afghanistan. … The attack took the life of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 52 years old, an Army officer who had recently returned to Afghanistan to serve as deputy commander of the coalition transition force responsible for training and equipping Afghan troops, making him the highest-ranking military officer killed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. officials said.” Despite the unraveling of Iraq after U.S. troops were withdrawn, Barack Obama is still planning to abandon Afghanistan to make good on a campaign promise. But as we’ve stated before, ending wars isn’t the same as winning them. Today’s tragedy is a perfect example. More…

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