The war on Afghanistan has been going for 16 years now, and shows no signs of slowing down. Already the longest war in U.S. history, it has been fought without much progress. Adding to the woes, it was recently revealed that American troops have been allowing the rape of children by the Afghanis – a practice known as “bacha bazi” in the country.
This was initially reported by a Pentagon inspector general, who claimed that several troops were told to ignore the rape of children by Afghanis. The Pentagon claimed that this was not a “formal guidance” from Pentagon brass, but recent behavior indicates that they have something to hide. The Pentagon is blocking a much more detailed report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) about the question of child rape in Afghanistan.
“Senate officials, who requested the SIGAR inquiry in the first place, noted that the military was very opposed to having a second inquiry going separate from the internal inspector general probe. That’s unsurprising, as the Pentagon tends to be unhappy with SIGAR’s vocal criticism of the military’s misdeeds,” foreign policy analyst Jason Ditz said at Antiwar.com.
The Pentagon does not want this report to be public knowledge for some reason. They insist, of course, that it is not to hide any bombshells from the public but rather to protect national security. Kathie Scarrah, spokeswoman for the Defense Department Inspector General’s office, claims that the unclassified inspector general report “had significant findings which should be the focus of the attention.” The Pentagon wants the story to end there, but officials in SIGAR insist that there is much more to the story that the public needs to understand.
“In reviewing the DODIG’s report, it’s clear that SIGAR’s report paints a much fuller picture of the issue. It’s information I believe the American people have a right to know,” SIGAR’s head John Sopko said.
From WMDs in Iraq to NSA spying, it has been shown repeatedly that deep state military personnel will lie to the American public if it suits their interests. Only after the SIGAR report is released publicly will we be able to clear the Pentagon from culpability in turning a blind eye to the systemic rape of children by Afghani savages.