Petraeus Offends With Alleged Suggestion Citizens Killed Own Children, Blamed Americans

 Reports of a closed-door high-level meeting this weekend have General David Petraeus making dismissive comments which deeply offended members of the Afghan government, including staff members of Hamid Karzai.

The Washington Post's anonymous sources said that "Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, dismissed allegations by Karzai's office and the provincial governor that civilians were killed and said residents had invented stories, or even injured their children, to pin the blame on U.S. forces and force an end to the operation."

The civilian deaths in question were from an operation last week in the forbidding Ghaziabad district mountains, an operation which the Afghan government said killed 50 people and the US said killed only insurgents.

Apparently Petraeus's remarks were so shocking and callous that one aide said "I was dizzy. My head was spinning."

Read more at The Washington Post.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 22, 2011, 3:58am

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