KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.

– From the New York Times article: U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

It would be bad enough if U.S. wars overseas were merely a gigantic waste of taxpayer money. Although they certainly are that.

It would be bad enough if U.S. wars overseas resulted in the inadvertent deaths of countless innocent civilians and unimaginable humanitarian crimes. Although they certainly do.

I would be bad enough if all of those things were happening in the context of a rational, humane and ethical foreign policy. The problem is, nothing about U.S. foreign policy can be said to have good intentions. Every battle, every drone strike and every deployment of troops in modern day America is rooted in a insatiable imperial lust for money and power.

Of course, many of those serving in the military in various roles are decent, ethical people who do not chase these ideals; however, these are not the people calling the shots. The people calling the shots are certified sociopaths; unimaginably sick, twisted people. Admitting this is hard for most Americans, but it is unquestionably true.

I’ve spent a lot of my time here at Liberty Blitzkrieg proving the case (links at the end), but the following story about how the U.S. government intentionally turns a blind eye to the use of little boys as sex slaves in Afghanistan, should really drive the point home. Brace yourself, this is very disturbing.

From the New York Times:

KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

That’s funny. Since when has the U.S. military cared about damaging another country’s “culture.” If this was reportedly happening in Iran, it would be splashed across the front page of every single paper in America, as television war hawks simultaneously feigned outrage 24/7 as they begged for the bombs to start dropping.

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistanparticularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.

“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.

After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

This is typical, and quite demonstrative of how the criminal power structure operates in American today. Wall Street banks get bailed out for destroying the economy. The only person jailed for torture, was John Kiriakou, the man who blew the whistle on it. Likewise, Edward Snowden is still in exile for exposing unconstitutional spying on American citizens, while the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who lied to Congress, not only faced zero repercussions, he kept his job.

That’s because his job is apparently to lie to the American public and violate the Constitution. Yes, this is how far we have fallen as a nation.

In Sergeant Martland’s case, the Army said it could not comment because of the Privacy Act.

The Army can’t comment, but it can turn a blind eye to pedophilia. “American Exceptionalism” at work.

The American policy of nonintervention is intended to maintain good relations with the Afghan police and militia units the United States has trained to fight the Taliban. 

In September 2011, an Afghan woman, visibly bruised, showed up at an American base with her son, who was limping. One of the Afghan police commanders in the area, Abdul Rahman, had abducted the boy and forced him to become a sex slave, chained to his bed, the woman explained. When she sought her son’s return, she herself was beaten. Her son had eventually been released, but she was afraid it would happen again, she told the Americans on the base.

So Captain Quinn summoned Abdul Rahman and confronted him about what he had done. The police commander acknowledged that it was true, but brushed it off. When the American officer began to lecture about “how you are held to a higher standard if you are working with U.S. forces, and people expect more of you,” the commander began to laugh.

“I picked him up and threw him onto the ground,” Mr. Quinn said. Sergeant Martland joined in, he said. “I did this to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated,” Mr. Quinn recalled.

Incredibly, the only person disciplined for all of this was Mr. Quinn. No good deed goes unpunished in the imperial American Banana Republic.

Lance Corporal Buckley’s father still agonizes about whether the killing occurred because of the sexual abuse by an American ally. “As far as the young boys are concerned, the Marines are allowing it to happen and so they’re guilty by association,” Mr. Buckley said. “They don’t know our Marines are sick to their stomachs.”

Any questions?

Meanwhile, check out a related piece on Afghanistan from earlier in the year:

How the U.S. Government Squandered $1 Billion in Taxpayer Funds on “Ghost Schools” and Warlords in Afghanistan


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