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Why hasn't Obama said a word about the death of Gen. Greene?
August 6th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

Why hasn't Obama said a word about the death of Gen. Greene?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Afghanistan – the highest ranking officer to have been killed in that war, and the first time a general has been killed on the battlefield since Vietnam - has met with many statements mourning his loss, with one notable exception: the commander in chief.

Why?

A national security source tells CNN that the administration does not like to signal that the particular rank of a casualty merits a different response – every loss of life is equally tragic; every sacrifice is equally heartbreaking.

The source notes that President Obama has tended to go out to comment on military losses based more on when the U.S. loses a significant number of our troops – as when the helicopter was downed in the summer of 2011.

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