"One of our primary missions is to protect the population over there,"
Army Brigadier General (ret.) Robert Carr
testifying in the sentencing phase of Bradley Manning's court martial
about the damage his leaks caused "over there" in Afghanistan
Is this the Afghanistan version of: We had to bomb the village to save it? And if the mission is to protect the population, maybe a good place to start would be not killing the people we're protecting callously -- as recorded in Iraq in the Collateral Murder video Manning leaked and Wikileaks publicized? Or "mistakenly killing" 5 Afghan police at a highway checkpoint, as reported the following day?