Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Media Could Care Less About Obama's Kill Team In Afghanistan

Newly-released videos and pictures from Rolling Stone magazine depict American soldiers killing Aghani civilians, mutilating their remains and standing over their kills like proud hunters who have just bagged some deer. The American news media has been strikingly silent in reporting on the magazine's horrific report on the "Kill Team." As The Rolling Stone's Mark Boal describes the rogue Army unit operating in Afghanistan:

Indeed, it would have been hard not to know about the murders, given that the soldiers of 3rd Platoon took scores of photographs chronicling their kills and their time in Afghanistan. The photos, obtained by Rolling Stone, portray a front-line culture among U.S. troops in which killing Afghan civilians is less a reason for concern than a cause for celebration. "Most people within the unit disliked the Afghan people, whether it was the Afghan National Police, the Afghan National Army or locals," one soldier explained to investigators. "Everyone would say they're savages." One photo shows a hand missing a finger. Another depicts a severed head being maneuvered with a stick, and still more show bloody body parts, blown-apart legs, mutilated torsos. Several show dead Afghans, lying on the ground or on Stryker vehicles, with no weapons in view.
Compare the news media's silence on the Kill Teams operating on Obama's watch to the photos that emerged of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners being held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The news media pounded the Bush administration for weeks on end and liberal Democrats called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and the firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The striking effort by the media to cover up the atrocities occurring on Obama's watch have not gone unnoticed by Rumsfeld. Here's his reaction as reported by the Washington Times:

If they're the ones that I'm thinking of it's where some... there are some allegations that some soldiers killed some people. You know, I feel such a responsibility as an American that when people are in our custody, we treat them properly. It is always heartbreaking when we see that there are allegations and photographs or suggestions that people have mismanaged that process. And of course the courts will decide in this case. But it is interesting, in the case of Abhu Ghraib, that it was such an important press event and nobody was killed. And in this case, it looks like there are allegations that some people were actually killed . . .

The situation, of course, is much worse if someone dies, but it's a sad thing. It's unfortunate. The overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform are professional. They handle themselves well. They treat people properly in our custody. And no question but that they are punished in the event that the courts and the military commissions under the uniform code of military justice decide that they've done something wrong. They get punished.

Once again, we see how the rules of judging the actions of Republican presidents don't apply to Barry.

1 comment:

Cato said...

Gary, check out the Gregory Hollister stories that are breaking today. I'm a little uncertain about the 'birther' thing, but Hollister appears to have uncovered some damning info.