Sean Hannity misquoted Sen. Obama while interviewing Sen McCain and Gov. Palin, neither of whom corrected Mr Hannity. The quote was taken from a conversation in New Hampshire in 2007, The actual quote is below. One year later US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates apologized to Afghan people for killing civilians during an air raid. Obama was prescient, a good skill needed for a leader. He was able to think and see consequences for actions.
Exclusive: Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin on ‘Hannity & Colmes’
Monday , October 13, 2008
HANNITY: There are verbatim quotes. And Barack Obama said they are “air-raiding villages and killing civilians.” My question is, you know, what does that — that’s poisonous rhetoric, but it goes on, what does it mean? How do you stop that if you’re elected president and vice president?
MCCAIN: Well, we’ll show them victory. The American people understand what is at stake here. And the American people have rejected that. And a lot of voters will be making a judgment.
Complete quote from the Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire
Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2007
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN Telegraph Staff
“Now you have narco drug lords who are helping to finance the Taliban, so we’ve got to get the job done there, and that requires us to have enough troops that we are not just air raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there,’’ Obama said.
[The Article below about Robert Gates proves Sen. Obama’s point about needing to do more to win hearts and minds of the Afghan people. Remember Sen. Obama stated one year earlier that these raids were an enormous problem.]
Defense Secretary Robert Gates apologizes for Afghan civilian casualties
He pledges additional steps by the U.S. to avoid errant bombings and to compensate families of the dead more quickly.
By Julian E. Barnes
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 18, 2008
BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed “personal regrets” Wednesday for the deaths of Afghan civilians in airstrikes and ordered U.S. forces from now on to immediately pay families of people mistakenly killed in any attack.
In a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the capital, Gates vowed that the U.S. would take steps to avoid such mistakes.
“While no military has ever done more to prevent civilian casualties, it is clear we have to work even harder,” Gates said at a news conference after the meeting. “You have my word that we will do everything in our power to find new ways and better ways of targeting our common enemies while protecting the good people of Afghanistan.”
Pentagon officials said delays in apologizing for errant bombings and providing compensation were hurting the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan. The Taliban and other militants have tapped anger over civilian deaths and sought to portray the U.S. military as cavalier and careless.
“Too often in our pursuit of the truth, we lose valuable time and end up on the losing end of our battle with insurgents for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people,” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.
***Just out of curiosity, do they think we are too inept to “Google” it?***