Tuesday, March 13, 2012
President Barack Obama says he is directing the Pentagon to do a very thorough investigation of the weekend killings of Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier.
The president says the inquiry will "follow the facts" wherever they lead, and that anyone found responsible will be prosecuted fully. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the death penalty is possible if the soldier is convicted.
Speaking at the White House, President Obama says the killings do not reflect American values or the U.S. military. He called the incident tragic and heartbreaking, but he insists it won't change U.S. commitment to finishing the job in Afghanistan.
President Obama says the U.S. will "responsibly" draw down its forces between now and the end of 2014, the date he set with allies to
close out the war.