A United States service member walked out of a military base in a rural district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday and opened fire on three nearby houses, killing at least 16 civilians, including several children, local villagers and provincial officials said.
The shooting risks further inciting anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan and troubling a relationship that had already been brought to a new low by the burning of Korans at an American military base last month.
Americans burn some Korans, and so Afghanis kill some Americans.Then some American goes crazy and kills a bunch of Afghans. Wonder what comes next.
A decade ago, before we got distracted by Iraq, we had the opportunity to do the right thing in Afghanistan. But we blew it. It's well past time to get out.
UPDATE: The AP is now reporting the US soldier in question is from Fort Lewis. Local angle and all that.