Massacring 16 Afghans, including nine children, reflects state-sponsored murder.
“We do not need foreign forces in Afghanistan. All the problems which we are facing are created by them. If they leave, the neighboring countries will leave us alone, and we can settle our country’s problems on our own.”
An Afghanistan fact-finding committee said up to 20 US soldiers were involved. The incident occurred in Kandahar's Panjwayi district.According to Seyed Ishaq Gilani head of mission, "after probing the circumstances and speaking to witnesses and locals, it was concluded that the crime could not have been committed by a single soldier."
"This is really about being able to ensure that we can execute this investigation and the judicial proceedings fairly and properly."
"does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan."
"If you compare where we are today with where we’ve been two, three years ago, the situation is considerably improved."
"How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding," he asked?
"Senior ranking U.S. military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the U.S. Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan."
"If the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes. It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue, and thus I will not do so."
For months, he traveled over 9,000 miles, spoke with US forces in numerous areas from low-ranking ones to commanders and staff members at every echelon. He also talked at length with Afghan security officials, civilians and village elders.What he saw "bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground." He heard accounts "of how insurgents controlled virtually every piece of land beyond eyeshot of a U.S. or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base.""I saw little to no evidence the local governments were able to provide for the basic needs of the people. Some of the Afghan civilians I talked with said the people didn’t want to be connected to a predatory or incapable local government. From time to time, I observed Afghan Security forces collude with the insurgency."
"Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level."
"In all of the places I visited, the tactical situation was bad to abysmal. If the events I have described ~ and many, many more I could mention ~ had been in the first year of war, or even the third or fourth, one might be willing to believe that Afghanistan was just a hard fight, and we should stick it out. Yet these incidents all happened in the 10th year of war.""As the numbers depicting casualties and enemy violence indicate the absence of progress, so too did my observations of the tactical situation all over Afghanistan."
“Since June 2010, the unclassified reporting the U.S. does provide has steadily shrunk in content, effectively ‘spinning’ the road to victory by eliminating content that illustrates the full scale of the challenges ahead.”“They also, however, were driven by political decisions to ignore or understate Taliban and insurgent gains from 2002 to 2009, to ignore the problems caused by weak and corrupt Afghan governance, to understate the risks posed by sanctuaries in Pakistan, and to ‘spin’ the value of tactical ISAF victories while ignoring the steady growth of Taliban influence and control.”
"That is the very essence of civilian control of the military. The American people deserve better than what they’ve gotten from their senior uniformed leaders over the last number of years. Simply telling the truth would be a good start."
They're not about good vs. evil, security, liberation, democracy, or self-defense.They're for dominance, colonization, exploitation, resource control, and other imperial motives important to conceal because few people would accept them.
"Journalism is the first casualty." It's also "a weapon of war, a virulent censorship....by omission," denying the public the right to know.