White House on Afghan Deaths: 'Tragic and Shocking'

Jake Tapper reports on the president's reaction to the massacre in Afghanistan.
1:29 | 03/12/12

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Both the White House and the Pentagon in full damage control mode this morning and President Obama has issued a quick. Response Jake Tapper is at the white house -- back morning -- Good morning -- that's right President Obama did not even want to wait for daytime in Afghanistan before he called President Karzai his messages were twofold one. He wanted the president to know the president of Afghanistan to know that the US takes these civilian casualties just as seriously as if they were American civilian casualties. And the second point is that there will be accountability for this soldier they will make sure that anyone who's responsible they think it's just this one soldier will be held fully account. More -- and take on the heels of the Koran burnings. Just recently and and now this what are they major concerns of the White House going forward as far as implications are concerned. Well they're very worried about the potential significance of this this could be a tipping point this could be an incident that inflames the entire region. Perhaps even the entire country but. Their job is to see that that does not happen so the message. They're delivering right now is that they can work through this they can get through this horrible horrific incident. If the United States stays focus on the larger picture they point out. That even after the Koran burning incident the US in the Afghan government were able to come to an arrangement when it came to detention facilities they were able to work through that difficult process. Even in the aftermath of that incident probably hopefully came -- again with this one. So tragic car right Jake thank you very much.

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