Dy’er Sez: And this is why a good portion of the rest of the world hates us; not because of our ‘freedoms’ but because we have become the ‘bad guys’ in the eyes of the world. Aren’t despicable actions like this one of the reasons we were given for going to war in Iraq? They why are there no calls to topple the government of Afghanistan? Whoever sanctioned this in our government or its agencies needs to be held culpable for war crimes. And we need to close off all ties with the Afghan government and withdraw all US support and forces. Period.
I wonder if this has something to do with Panetta’s disclosures to congress.
Story from the New York Times posted on MSNBC:
NYT: Did U.S. stop inquiry into massacre?
Thousands of Taliban prisoners may have died, rights advocates say
By James Risen The New York Times
WASHINGTON – After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode, according to government officials and human rights organizations.
American officials had been reluctant to pursue an investigation — sought by officials from the F.B.I., the State Department, the Red Cross and human rights groups — because the warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, was on the payroll of the C.I.A. and his militia worked closely with United States Special Forces in 2001, several officials said. They said the United States also worried about undermining the American-supported government of President Hamid Karzai, in which General Dostum had served as a defense official.
“At the White House, nobody said no to an investigation, but nobody ever said yes, either,” said Pierre Prosper, the former American ambassador for war crimes issues. “The first reaction of everybody there was, ‘Oh, this is a sensitive issue; this is a touchy issue politically.’ ”
It is not clear how — or if — the Obama administration will address the issue. But in recent weeks, State Department officials have quietly tried to thwart General Dostum’s reappointment as military chief of staff to the president, according to several senior officials, and suggested that the administration might not be hostile to an inquiry.
- Officials: CIA pays Karzai aide in corruption case (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Key Karzai aide linked to CIA (theglobeandmail.com)