Santorum on Afghan shooting: Someone 'lost it'
March 12th, 2012
11:43 AM ET
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Santorum on Afghan shooting: Someone 'lost it'

Ocean Springs, Mississippi (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Sunday's shooting rampage in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 16 civilians "obviously horrific" and "very tragic."

"The person that was involved obviously has to be brought to justice and brought to justice quickly," Santorum said.

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The attacks were allegedly carried out by an American soldier who went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in two villages near his base.

"It's a very tragic situation but, you know, someone obviously lost it and you've got to obviously do the reviews to find out what happened … whether there was a pattern here," Santorum said. "All those things are going to have to be reviewed, and they should be."

He also took the opportunity to comment on the U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan in general, saying that President Barack Obama is responsible for making the war there more difficult.

"The president putting a timeline in place has made a very winnable operation very, very difficult," the White House hopeful said. "It continues to unravel because the president has given something to the enemy that we should have been able to deny them, which is hope."

Santorum is on a two state swing through Mississippi and Alabama, two places where voters head to the polls Tuesday.

He is scheduled to give an election night speech in Lafayette, Louisiana. That state's primary is March 24.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    They "lost it"? You mean sortof like how the Ayatollah Santorum lost all control over his surname?

    March 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. JoJo

    Why all the surprise about this latest massacre? When Bush & Cheney (with support from people like Santorum) violated Just War Criteria in starting the unnecessary Iraq holocaust (as the Vatican and many American religious leaders always said they did), they essentially condoned the moral equivalent of mass murder (camouflaged by military rituals, uniforms, macho war romanticism, fear mongering and patriotism), which has now spilled over into Afghanistan as well. So now it's inevitable that we have massacres, torture, American veterans tormented by guilt and post traumatic stress disorder exhibiting violence towards others and themselves, etc. Why all the surprise? When you tell people murder is okay and admirable and blaspheme that God is on our side in doing it, they murder.

    March 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Nameluigi

    maybe Santorum" lost it" as he should be running for Archbishop of Pennsylvania

    March 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. PM Ohio

    The GOP is for more war...they want to fight Iraq and Syria too. I thought these GOP candidates consider themselves Christians. Since when is it ok to do what we are doing in the Middle East? These people and our military deserve better. Bush opened this pandora's box by lying to America, and now we are the villians of the world. Get our men and women out of there, now!

    March 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Mikey

    @Skeptical – Did anyone blame Bush for this? Only you have jumped in to blame a President for the actions of one soldier. Actions which, like the Quran burning, have harmed our ability to achieve our objectives and put our troops and other Americans at risk.

    March 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Once Santorum and the Republicans play things from both sides...depending on the situation...pathetic but not a surprise

    March 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Amazing

    I guess we shouldn't apologize for this action either! This was never a winnable war. The real reason Afghanstan war has failed is because we took our eye off the ball to pursue a senseless war in Iraq. All the goodwill we had to eliminate the Taliban in Afghanstan was wipe out. It is not for the lack of effort of our armed foces who have put forth a extraordinary effort. These heroes deserve to come home and let the Afghanstan people decide how they will live themselves.

    March 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Ric Stevens

    LOST CONTROL...???

    I THINK the phrase we are looking for here.... Is Well DUH!!!!

    March 12, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Hubert Ferguson

    When our people are placed in stink holes like this time after time, some bad incidents are bound to occur. Remember the Mai Lai incident in Viet Nam? Our mission in Afghanistan (if we ever really had one) is complete. We need to pull our kids out of there. Much sooner than scheduled. Otherwise this whole thing is going to start again. Karzai would like nothing more than trying to kick a little US backside. It will make him look better to the Taliban. When they do take over instead of torturing him to death, they will just remove his head in one fell swoop. No muss, no fuss.

    March 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Jack

    This guy (Santorum) hasn't a clue on how complicated foreign relations are.

    March 12, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Reggie from LA

    As President (seeing as how he blamed Obama and all), Santorum would have prevented this by...uhm...Cant think of anything on that one, but neither can he, but I'm sure he'll milk the rheto"rick" for all it's worth. Worth about zero.

    March 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    PM Ohio wrote:

    "....We should pull out now and tell Karzi no more billions from us and see how they like going back to being one of the poorest countries on the planet. ....."
    -------------------
    Okay, let's do it your way, Plan A. But, before we do, let's think it through first and see if we need a Plan B, or a better Plan A. We pull out. No more billions given to Karzi. The country regresses a hundred years. Now what? Mission Accomplished?

    Meanwhile, Karzi and the Afghna people feel the ill effects just as you designed. Enemies, like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, come into the country and "assist" them through manpower to rebuild some roads, some homes, provide some food. Hatred for the United States grows, gaining not only new supporters, but entire generations of future supporters.

    Conclusion, we do not need to review or revise your non-existent Plan B at this time. You simply need a new Plan A.

    March 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. PM Ohio

    @rob "Santorum is right. We have given our enemies and friends the timeline for our withdrawl, regardless of the facts on the ground. Couple this with not giving the military the resources they requested for the surge. They did not have enough troops to finish the fight in the north..." This President listens to his commanders and the information he has and makes the decision on the facts. He is trying to end the US participation in these two illegal, unfunded wars the best that he can. The last Administration, however, started two wars based on lies and made all of their decisions based on a philosophy, not on facts. That is why we are still there. We should have never gone there in the 1st place. Pfroof is that we caugth Bin Laden in PACKISTAN, but we started wars in two other countries. The US economy and the two wars are Bush's fauly as well and the neo-cons he had advising him. Do people's memories only go back 3 years???

    March 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Mike

    Where in the Bible does it say that Afghanistan is "very winnable"? All the history books seem to indicate that is neither winnable or even governable in the sense I understand the words. Like everything that comes out of his mouth, I guess this too just requires that I share his "faith" but I don't!

    March 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Sid Prejean

    No matter what the subject, no matter how tragic, no matter what the consequences, "It's Obama's fault!" Jeez, Rick.

    March 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Derek

    ""The president putting a timeline in place has made a very winnable operation very, very difficult," the White House hopeful said."

    Winnable??? lol.. anyone who thinks you can win in Afgan or Iraq is an idiot.. a big one.

    March 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. cali girl

    I am sorry, but what does Santo know about the Military? Any credentials? No, not one.
    Shut your pie hole, leave the decisions on the military to the grown ups who are handling it just fine.

    March 12, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. nowukno

    Bring the trroops home....? NOBODY MOVES UNTIL WE SECURE THE OIL FIELDS AND PIPILINES........! And stop talking about OIL being found in/around Haiti..our troops are there becuase ummm,umm,ummm..earthquake aid....yeah thats it...!

    March 12, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. LIP

    This aside...the Taliban will seek revenge against Americans and blow up another thirty or forty Afgans like they do every other day of the week.

    March 12, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. WIMPY38

    Boy! Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?!

    March 12, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Bill

    Volanteer army is part of the problem. Too many years of personel returning back to war zone. We need time for healing. Bring the boys back home and out of a country no one was ever able to fix.

    March 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Bessy

    @ PM Ohio--I agree with your comments. Lets face it though, no matter what President Obama does he will be wrong in the eyes of the GOP. You know, damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. It still goes back to who he is as far as the GOP is concerned. I say, no time line, just start pulling our military out now and get them home.

    March 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Martoon

    No one is blaming Obama for this tragedy. Obviously it is Bush's fault (like $4/gal gasoline).

    March 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Ann

    Can you imagine Rick Santorum representing the United States in diplomatic talks? It'll be like sending in Barney Fife.

    March 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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