In the aftermath of the killings of at least 16 Afghan civilians by a member of the U.S. military, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker reaffirmed American commitment to the country, but acknowledged, "I'm tired, too."
“I understand people are tired of this war after a decade," he told Fox News' America Live, "I’m tired, too."
Nonetheless, he warned: "If we decide we’re tired of it, that we don’t want to do it any more, well the Taliban isn’t that tired, and al Qaeda, which is badly damaged, would be able to regenerate if the Taliban took the country over again."
When asked whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai's stinging statement that the killings are unforgivable could incite further violence, Crocker responded: "I’m not sure we're going to see that significant of a reaction."
He later added: “Afghans don’t want to see a resurgence of violence – such as occurred after the Koran burning – anymore than we do, and we’re working together to ensure that doesn’t happen.”