Obama: Afghan shooting rampage was work of lone gunman
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama denied on Monday that a deadly shooting rampage by a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan was comparable to the notorious My Lai massacre of the Vietnam War but said it underscored the need to push on with the transition to Afghan security responsibility there.
"It's not comparable," Obama told WFTV in Orlando when asked whether the killing of 16 Afghan villagers on Sunday could be likened to the 1968 massacre of civilians by U.S. forces in South Vietnam. "It appeared you had a lone gunman who acted on his own."
"In no way is this representative of the enormous sacrifices that our men and women have made in Afghanistan," Obama said. But he added, "It does signal the importance of us transitioning in accordance with my plans that Afghans are taking more of the initiative in security."
(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.
Trending On Reuters
Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history. Full Article | Related Story
From Oscars to Sundance, Sharma and Revolori discuss India's 'Umrika' Full Article
Frenchman, American among those killed in Tripoli hotel attack - Libyan official. Full Article