WASHINGTON – The slaughter of dozens of Afghan civilians — either from a U.S. airstrike or from grenades, or both — sent and his aides grasping for the right words at a delicate stage in their efforts to win Afghan support for an expanded war.
U.S. success in Afghanistan depends on the trust and good will of ordinary to defeat a resourceful , and every time civilians die it becomes easier to distrust the Americans.
Obama, along with and , have offered condolences about the deaths. At the same time, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, , suggested theU.S. military may have been framed.