Obviously Afghanistan has been the primary focal point in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked and about 3,000 people were murdered. The US government identified Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization based in and allied with the Taliban, the Islamic government in Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks. While political and military mistakes have been made in this 10 year conflict, we have been successful and destroying the violent Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership and allowing a government friendly to its neighbors to hopefully evolve. This evolution will take time and be difficult, so our commitment should not waver, but our need for regular military forces in Afghanistan has ended. Continuing to watch and appropriately react to developments in Afghanistan will be an important political issue.

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

from The Gray Area:

This is as disgusting a story as you will here this year, or maybe in your lifetime. One that makes you think there really is no hope left for the United States of America.

This should be front and center on the Presidential campaign trail topics for discussion. This brutal practice, evil injustice and the American leadership's disgraceful non-action must be corrected immediately!

We could not agree more with Gary L. Bauer, American Values:

Turning A Blind Eye
. Here is an excerpt: Just when you think you've heard everything, here comes an unbelievable story in the New York Times. It is a part of the culture of Afghanistan, and apparently in other parts of the Islamic world, for men to rape young boys. Decent, moral U.S. soldiers who have witnessed such atrocities reacted the way you would expect them to -- they tried to stop the rapes. Unbelievably, orders were issued saying this was part of the Afghan culture and to interfere would cause ill-will toward the United States. Our soldiers were ordered to turn a blind eye to sexual child abuse. Captain Dan Quinn and Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, both Green Berets nonetheless intervened to prevent such a rape. Quinn was relieved of his command and retired early. St. Martland is now being drummed out of the U.S. military. This scandal encapsulates everything going wrong in America. The left believes in moral relativism -- that what is right for one person may not be right for another. And it believes in cultural relativism -- that you must not judge other cultures. This is the same impulse that led the military to confiscate and burn a shipment of Bibles to Afghanistan. Our military under the current administration has become a sociological playground with more attention to the rights of transgendered individuals than to the status of our fighting forces. These are deep rooted problems that the next president will have to confront. But here's what ought to be done next: The appropriate congressional committees should call Captain Quinn's commanding officer to testify. That person should be asked, "Were these orders issued by base commanders or did they come from the Pentagon?" If they came from the Pentagon, the witness should be asked who in Pentagon wrote the order and then that person should be required to testify. They should be asked whether it was a unilateral decision or from higher up the chain of command. Members of Congress should keep going as far as necessary because it is not inconceivable that the White House's fingerprints will be found on this policy. In the left's America, gay football players, promiscuous co-eds and men who surgically alter their bodies in order to act like women are held up for praise. But military heroes like Captain Quinn and Sgt. Martland, who try to prevent child rape, lose their careers.

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