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I can hardly wait to see the headlines next week as American troops continue to be scapegoats in Afghanistan of what appears to be an administration plan to pander to the Muslim world, even if it kills us.

So far, they’re doing a pretty good job of that.

The latest horror from that God-forsaken piece of real estate is that an American soldier went on a shooting rampage in three villages in one night, which ended with 16 dead, nine were children.

By any measure, it’s a horror.

By U.S. measure, next is to find who did it, determine why and mete out justice as deemed necessary.

By Muslim standards, it’s par for the course – the infidel aims to kill the innocents, and Afghans should have the right to mete out their form of justice to the guilty.

By the standards of the Obama administration, the shootings require many, many apologies, from the Oval Office through the Cabinet and all through the military.

Despite all that, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is demanding the American be tried in his country and that American troops be taken off village patrol now, and out of the country.

In all of that outraged rhetoric, there wasn’t a word of accepting U.S. apologies or justice.

All we hear is just give us the shooter and get out of my country.

I guess that would make it easier for them to turn the shooter over to the crazed mobs or behead him, videotape it for worldwide viewing and then give him to the crazed mobs. It seems that’s Muslim justice.

And for this, we send our young men and women into a most dangerous and devious war and who – I might remind the man who is president – volunteer for this thankless war.

Americans are sick of it, and there’s no doubt, many troops are, too. They’re tired of the double standards, the unfair rules of engagement that put them at risk, the dirty enemy tactics they’re obliged to endure and the lack of real support from the U.S. government.

As soon as the news broke about the massacre, I asked my radio audience to hold their condemnation until we learned more about the suspect.

He apparently went out at night alone, did the shootings, returned to base and turned himself in.

Hardly the actions of a man trying to “get away with” a crime.

It took a week for him to be publicly identified and only after he was returned to the states for military confinement.

He’s 38-year-old Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, deployed form Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served three tours in Iraq and now a fourth in Afghanistan. In Iraq, he suffered a concussive head injury as well as a foot injury that resulted in the removal of part of his foot. He was treated and returned to duty. He is described as highly decorated with a Bronze Star nomination.

The day before the rampage, he saw the leg of a soldier standing next to him blown off.

Sgt. Bales is married with two children. There are rumors of domestic and financial problems, but the family denies them.

Bales has a private attorney and will also have a military lawyer. After a full investigation, charges will be drafted.

But there’s more. As an unmarked plane carrying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was landing in Afghanistan, a civilian translator drove a truck toward the plane. When he was diverted from it, he jumped out. The truck crashed, and the Afghan man burst into flames and subsequently died.

Since such arrivals are cloaked in secrecy, the fact that this individual knew who, where and when Panetta would arrive, indicates that there is a dangerous lapse in security when Afghans are involved.

Then Friday, the Marines revealed that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus was shot in the back of the head while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in Helmond Province.

The Pentagon initially said Dycus died “while conducting combat operations.”

It took more than a month for the truth to come out about Afghan treachery. Why did we hide it?

We’re told Afghans are “embarrassed” by such betrayals.

Good, but they won’t apologize.

We apologize, and we do, all the time, like sycophants.

Remember when Muslim prisoners defaced their “holy book” to pass secret messages?

The materials were removed and sent to the incinerator as per standing orders for trash.

When Muslim workers saw the Quran, they stopped the burning, the materials were removed and, as word spread, it was chaos.

The hated Americans were even more hateful. The infidels were at it again, demeaning and corrupting Muslim beliefs. They needed to be called to task, punished and forced to do more than apologize. They had to grovel – and our military brass and the administration, from the president on down, were more than willing to bow before the “noble Afghan” people – again and again and again.

Of course, it wasn’t enough and retributions began. Cpl. Dykus was the seventh U.S. serviceman murdered by Afghans, most wearing Afghani uniforms.

Some had security clearances, as in the shooting of two U.S. officers in the back of the head in a “secure” government building.

The shooter was a language translator, just like the driver of the truck that headed toward Panetta’s plane.

Is this a pattern? Are these inside jobs? Should we trust Afghani people who have it within their means to murder our troops?

I don’t care if the Afghan government is “embarrassed.”

I do care that our military and our government aren’t outraged this is happening and we have to apologize!

At the very least, you’d think Barack Obama would know better in an election year.

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