In the days since we first heard the news I've lost track of how many times I've read or heard the sentiment that somehow the culture or conditions within our U.S. military made him do it. Or that the military "taught him to kill."
This incident requires a real, soul-searching moral response by the American military hierarchy. But the military does the bidding of civilian society, and that's where the real soul-searching needs to take place.
As the US approaches the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, pundits chew over just what "success" in Afghanistan might mean for Washington. What success might mean for ordinary Afghans hasn't been a topic of conversation.