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War And Semantics

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In the last week alone, Americans have been told definitively that “Afghanistan is ready right now to take all security responsibilities completely” (Afghan President Hamid Karzai); that Afghans will take “full responsibility for security in 2014” (President Barack Obama); that the U.S. and its allies will shift to a support role next year and “won’t be in a combat role after 2014” (British Prime Minister David Cameron); and that U.S. officials are negotiating a “strategic partnership” agreement to allow U.S.

March 16, 2012

Weekly Show

The killing of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, has further strained the relationship between the two countries. Plus, Rick Santorum won big in the South, yet Mitt Romney scored more delegates. And President Obama’s re-election campaign is in full swing. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.

 

Taliban, Afghan President Warn U.S. Troops

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Soldiers cautioned after Leon Panetta's runway scare in Afghanistan.

Leon Panetta in Afghanistan: Attack Failed

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An attacker drove toward the runway as the defense secretary's plane landed.

PBS NewsHour: Afghan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Valuable Propaganda,' Analyst Says

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At the U.N. Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the killing of 16 Afghan civilians near Kandahar, calling the alleged attack by a U.S. soldier "inexplicable." Gwen Ifill, RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and New America Foundation's Steve Clemons discuss the additional strain on already tense U.S.-Afghan relations.

Soldier's Alleged Rampage in Afghanistan Leads to Violence

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Taliban militants opened fire on Afghan official visiting the massacre site.

U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Afghan Pullout

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The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns.
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U.S. Soldier's Alleged Deadly Rampage: Taliban Vow Revenge

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The Taliban has vowed revenge against "sick-minded American savages" after a U.S. soldier was accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage Sunday. The group said it would "take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr," according to a statement posted on its website, the Times of London reported.

Attack May Derail Effort to Force Taliban Into Talks

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The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for 2012: to speed the training of Afghan forces so that they can take the lead in combat missions, all while drawing the Taliban into negotiations to end more than a decade of constant war.
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Gen. John Allen Stands by U.S. Apology for Koran Burning

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Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said today he does not regret the apologies he and President Obama issued for the Koran burning incident, arguing that the move -- rare for a U.S. commander in chief -- was the right thing to do and that it had saved American lives.
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