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Death and Public Relations

By Robert C. Koehler

The killer was in his fourth deployment.  He walked from his base to one village, then another, leaving behind the lunacy and spiritual wreckage of American foreign policy.  Then he walked back to his base and calmly turned himself in.  [Image]

I’ve been staring at the words for hours now:

“This terrible incident does not change our steadfast dedication to protecting the Afghan people and to doing everything we can to build a strong and stable Afghanistan.” — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their entire community.” — deputy American ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham

The words are meant to soften this PR disaster, to muffle the cries of the survivors.

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