Skip to comments.US should investigate alleged abuses at Afghan hospital
Posted on 08/02/2012 8:01:25 AM PDT by Raebie
The photos of Afghan patients at the US-funded Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul are troubling. Injured Afghan soldiers, photographed by US military whistleblowers, are seen on beds at their countrys premier military hospital, suffering from gaping wounds, some with maggots crawling out of them. One patients arm has a pair of scissors sticking through it. Feet are swollen, yellow, and blackened as gangrene and necrosis have set in. The photos, given by US whistleblowers to congressional investigators and published on the website Buzzfeed, appear to be the starkest evidence of mistreatment that went on at Dawood despite the awareness of US and NATO officials. The whistleblowers, US military personnel who visited the hospital, told a congressional committee last week that senior officials blocked attempts to shed light on abusive medical practices by the hospitals Afghan staff. Military officers said that US Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, in charge of training Afghan forces for NATO until last year, told subordinates to withdraw a request for an independent Pentagon investigation into the actions of Afghan doctors, who sometimes sought bribes in exchange for proper care. Caldwell quashed a probe in 2010 because he feared a political backlash in the United States and from Afghan leaders, the whistleblowers said. Caldwells defenders have said that he wanted an investigation led by Afghans. But thats not a good excuse for allowing abuses to continue. While exposing hard truths may rile relations between the Afghan government and the Western countries ushering it through infancy, the dangers of allowing abuses to continue is far greater. By doing little to investigate Dawood, US and NATO leaders showed a tolerance for negligent Afghan leadership that undermined their broader mission of stabilizing the region. There are obvious sensitivities in the relationship between the United States and Afghan leaders, but basic standards of decency shouldnt be subject to negotiation.
Link to the photos: Warning...very graphic.
Unfortunately, the Boston Glob, staff and Afghans are equally untrustworthy propagandists, so, yawn.
“...Western countries ushering it through infancy,...”
Therein lies the fault of our thinking, and it explains why we allow atrocities to happen on our watch, and how we excuse ourselves for being there.
Anyone who really thought pumping billions of dollars and an inexcusable amount of American lives into this hellhole would make one iota of difference in this culture.....
please raise your hand.
Just get the hell out & let these 6th century retards destroy themselves.
THIS is the real issue:
“U.S. general ignored ‘Auschwitz-Like Conditions’ at Afghan hospital to spare Obama embarrassment ahead of elections”
I have no doubt about the feds would conspire to do such a thing.
Obama has no problem because the whole operation has allowed him to divert billions of taxpayer dollars to his religious brethren, with the bonus being the money was confiscated from hardworking Americans.
The entire situation is so transparent, it makes me sick.