Obama: Afghanistan Massacre 'Outrageous,' 'Unacceptable'

President says U.S. approaching this as if own citizens, children were killed.
2:10 | 03/13/12

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As many of you know there was a tragic incident in which a number of Afghan civilians. Were killed. I've made to President Karzai when I spoke to him is that the United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens. And our own children. Warmer. We're heartbroken. Over the loss of innocent life. The killing of innocent civilians is outrageous. And it's unacceptable. It's not who we are as a country. And it does not represent. Our military. For that reason I've directed the Pentagon to make sure that we spare no effort. And conducting a full. Investigation. I can assure the American people and the Afghan people but we will follow the facts. Wherever they lead us. And we will make sure that anybody who was involved. -- held fully accountable. With the full force of the law. Yesterday I met with general -- and ambassador Crocker were -- in Washington and -- extraordinary confidence in them. And in the many Americans who are serving in Afghanistan who and who have. Made extraordinary sacrifices. To be there. Today I'll be meeting with prime minister Cameron who's part of our broad coalition serving in Afghanistan. And we'll have not -- consult about the way forward as we prepare for the NATO summit in Chicago later this -- To make no mistake we have a strategy that will allow us to responsibly. Wind down this war. We're steadily transitioning to the Afghans. Were moving -- totally that's gonna allow us to bring our troops home. Already were scheduled to remove 43000. Troops by the end of this summer. Followed by following -- 101000. That we withdrew last year. Meanwhile we will continue the work of devastating Al qaeda's leadership and denying them a safe haven. There's no question that we face difficult challenges in Afghanistan but I'm could. I'm confident that we can continue the work of meeting our objectives. Protecting our country and responsibly. Bringing this war to a close.

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