This epitomizes the abject failure of the “hearts and minds” strategy that keeps on being pursued by the military, despite its massive, obvious and complete failure. Sgt. Cable was showing these Afghan children that Americans weren’t as bad as they had probably been taught to believe, and instead of being impressed and overflowing with gratitude, this Afghan teenager seized the opportunity to murder his Infidel. That no doubt won him immense bona fides and respects when he “joined the Islamic militant movement since fleeing the scene.”
U.S. out of Afghanistan!
“Afghan teenager fatally stabs US soldier,” by Kim Gamel for the Associated Press, April 1 (thanks to Darcy):
KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday.
The killing comes as the monthly U.S. death toll rose sharply in March to 14 with the start of the spring fighting season when the Taliban and other insurgents take advantage of improved weather to step up attacks.
Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, was guarding Afghan and U.S. officials meeting in a province near the border with Pakistan when the stabbing occurred last Wednesday, two senior U.S. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The attack occurred after the soldiers had secured the area for the meeting, but one of the U.S. officials said the youth was not believed to have been a member of the Afghan security forces or in uniform so it was not being classified as an insider attack.
The official said the attacker was thought to be about 16 years old, but the age couldn’t be verified.
The Afghan and American dignitaries were attending the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan Local Police in Shinwar district in Nangarhar province, senior district official Zalmai Khan said. Afghan Local Police, or ALP, recruits are drawn from villages and backed by the U.S. military.
The soldier was playing with a group of children outside when the attacker came from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a large knife, Khan said, adding the young man had escaped to nearby Pakistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the young man was acting independently when he killed the soldier but had joined the Islamic militant movement since fleeing the scene.
The Pentagon said in a statement last week that Cable, of Philpot, Ky., died from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces….
But he wasn’t. The Pentagon lied. He was playing with a group of kids when one of the Afghans whose hearts and minds he had been ordered to try to win stabbed him in the neck. How many more murders like this is the Pentagon covering up?