A United States Army General was killed by an Afghan solider earlier this week, and it was only a matter of time before the blame game begun.
During a routine visit Tuesday to Afghanistan’s top military academy outside of Kabul, United States Army Major General Harold Greene made the rounds along with other American and Afghan officers when the bullets began to fly. The shots came from the window of a nearby building and after 15 bullets sprayed down on the officers, Maj. Gen. Greene was killed. It marked the death of the highest ranking U.S. official in overseas conflict since Vietnam. According to the New York Times, Greene wasn't specifically targeted, but the event highlight that even at a time when the war is coming to an end, tragedy can still strike at any moment.
It took less than 24 hours before the conservative pundits on Fox News were able to put the story in the spin machine and find a way to place the blame at the doorstep of the White House and President Obama. During Wednesday's episode of "Fox and Friends" on Fox News, co-host Steve Doocy claimed that the terrorists heard President Obama "loud and clear" and went on the attack.
"Remember when our president declared the war in Afghanistan over?....Really? Well now it looks like the terrorists heard him loud and clearly and attacked. The victim: a U.S. Army general. What this says about President Obama’s foreign policy straight ahead."
The death of any person, be it a civilian or a member of the military, is always a tragedy during a time at war. The war in Iraq finally came to an end after nearly a decade of tragedy, and while the war in Afghanistan still wages on, it only seems sad that many would rather play politics than report a story accurately.