We’ve come full circle

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I’m sitting here with tears of pride and joy in my eyes.

sarah and meWhen Sarah enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, I felt this incredible sense of delight and honor! This child, who grew into this proud, independent, strong, secure Marine from the tiny, scared, non-communicative little urchin we adopted when she was just five years old, followed in her parents’ footsteps and made the courageous decision to serve her adopted country – much like I did, and much like her father did.

She didn’t join for a lack of other options. She could have gone to college and partied on like many college students did. But she chose the hard route. She became a Marine, and the sense of absolute pride and exultation I felt was indescribable!

Fast forward a couple of years.

Daniel is now a college student in his second semester at UNC Charlotte. He has joined a fraternity. He’s quickly acclimated to college life, made friends, and learned how to study, write, and analyze and synthesize information. But he wanted more, and he wanted it now.

So today, my youngest child raised his hand and upheld the family tradition of military service. Daniel has enlisted in the Army. He’s the last one – the youngest one – the one who completes this circle his father and I created when we first started this family. He wanted to serve. His last Facebook post says it all.

I remember being a little boy and seeing my parents lace up their boots and walk out the door wearing the United States Army uniform, and thinking how badly I wanted to be just like them. Then I remember seeing my sister wearing the United States Marine Corps uniform for the first time and thinking how proud I am of her. Today, I leave to enlist in the Army and hopefully continue the family tradition of service. Never thought this day would come.

me and dannyDanny went to MEPS this morning and took the oath to serve his country. After taking the ASVAB and going through all the medical exams, he told me in a text message that the best part, other than swearing in, was when the doctor looked over his paperwork and said, “Congratulations, and thank you for serving this great nation!” He told me he almost cried, and that was the most beautiful thing he said today. It shows love, pride, character, and honor.

Yes, he will finish college. He will ship to basic training at Ft. Sill after he completes this semester. He will withdraw for one semester, and return next spring to continue his education, while serving in the Army Reserves.

My only regret is that I couldn’t be there, but there’s no end to my love. I’m beyond honored to be his mom. I’m beyond overjoyed. I’m beyond touched to have inspired this beautiful child and his sister to strive to be the best they can be.

I love you, Danny!

National Shame, Part II

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In September I wrote about a national shame – a dishonor so profound, that I called on Americans to stand up and vocally condemn unspoken orders to our military to turn their backs on systematic abuse of young Afghan boys by repulsive adult males in power, even as children were being raped by the very people with whom we were supposed to be working and cooperating!

Today, I have to write about another stigma – a black eye on the very foundation of our nation that, as a veteran, I’m embarrassed to even broach.

“A nation is judged by how well it treats its veterans.”George Washington

You would have to have been hiding under a rock with the rest of the maggots to have missed or downright ignored the scandals that have plagued the Veterans Administration over the past few years.

Secret waiting lists that resulted in veterans dying while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system and several other VA hospitals.

More than 300,000 veterans died while waiting for the VA to process their applications… waiting for stalled applications in the VA’s byzantine bureaucracy.

Unnecessary veteran deaths due to shoddy patient care, mismanagement, and outright incompetence.

All these stories are inexcusable, sad, infuriating, horrifying, and heartbreaking. Our nation sent these men and women to war – to get maimed both mentally and physically – and shameless, heartless bureaucrats neglect them and steal from them.

151103-House-Committee-Hearing-Diana-Rubens-Kim-GravesSuch was the case of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves – two VA officials pernicious swamp sows – who not only didn’t do their jobs, but manipulated the system to give themselves positions with less responsibility while siphoning six-figure salaries by forcing lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will and stole $400,000 from the VA in relocation expenses.

This is a national shame. This is fraud, waste, and abuse at some of the highest levels of government, even as the VA struggles to take care of the troops it exists to serve. And yet…

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is refusing criminal prosecution of Rubens and Graves.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said it has “referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action that is deemed appropriate.”

Administrative action? For essentially stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from America’s vets? For abusing their positions, for screwing with others’ careers by forcing them to accept job transfers against their will? For corruption? Fraud? Abuse of authority?

And worse yet, after the two corruptocrats were “demoted,” for their wrongdoing – if you can even call it that, as they were still earning six-figure salaries each – the demotion was rescinded, because someone buggered up the paperwork! These imbeciles can’t even get that right!

The lack of accountability and utter incompetence is beyond appalling.

Instead of working for the very men and women who work to defend this country, they steal from them.

Instead of helping those who have sacrificed for this nation’s safety, they profit at the veterans’ expense.

Instead of working to support the troops who come back traumatized, torn apart, maimed, and emotionally wrecked, these two odious, arrogant gargoyles sat around on their cellulite addled asses and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from America’s taxpayers.

The rot and corruption at the agency that is tasked with taking care of our veterans is reprehensible, and the government’s refusal to hold these and other crooked reprobates at the VA accountable is inexcusable. The fact that they still have jobs is appalling, and since the US Attorney’s Office is refusing to prosecute these two toads, chances are they will be issued an administrative slap on the wrist and allowed to quietly retire with all their benefits.

Is it any wonder Americans are sick and tired of their unresponsive, unaccountable government? Is it any wonder government bureaucrats are a national (extremely unfunny) joke?

They are stealing from American veterans, and they are stealing from the American people. They are a disgrace, as is the entire VA for doing nothing and continuing to pay these two malignant warts on the ass of humanity!

Bergdahl enters no plea

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I did a happy dance when the news reported that (“alleged”) traitorous deserter Bowe Bergdahl would face desertion and misbehavior before the enemy charges at a general court martial, despite the recommendation of some oozing vagoo of an LTC at a preliminary hearing that Bergdahl receive a slap on the wrist for walking off his base and hanging out with murdering terrorists in Taliban territory for several years.

Today, Bergdahl was arraigned in his first court appearance at Ft. Bragg and deferred entering a plea.

The wheels of military justice appear to move slowly in this case. That little prick was returned home last year after the administration traded him for five terrorists, who are even now almost certainly plotting their next attack, but finally, the head of U.S. Army Forces Command General Robert Abrams decided to refer the case to a general court martial instead of a special court martial, which would have carried barely any punishment at all.

Ever since Bergdahl’s release, I have been saying that this shitbag deserves to have the book thrown at him.

He walked off the base.

If you're ever in doubt of Bergdahl's guilt, just remember this photo.

If you ever doubt Bergdahl’s guilt, just remember this photo.

He left his buddies and his equipment behind.

But that’s not all he apparently did.

He apparently played soccer with the Taliban.

He apparently was allowed to carry a weapon at times, because he’d become a warrior for Islam.

He apparently provided information to the enemy that led to attacks against our troops.

Bergdahl did a podcast recently in which he attempts to explain away his desertion by claiming he wanted on one hand to be some kind of Jason Bourne-like super spy, and on the other, to report “leadership failures” in his platoon.

“All I was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next me to were literally, from what I could see, in danger of something seriously going wrong, and somebody being killed,” he said.

Bergdahl said he was unhappy with the leadership in his unit and believed no one would take his complaints seriously. He devised a plan to hike 18 miles to another Army base to report his concerns to a general.

“I was fully confident that when someone took a look at the situation…that people would understand that I was right. What was going on was a danger to the lives of the men of that company,” Bergdahl said on the podcast.

This douche canoe is either dumber than a box of hammers, or an outright liar. I tend to lean toward the latter, although his intellect isn’t exactly shining through in this affair either.

If he gave a flying rat’s ass about the lives of the guys standing next to him, I would humbly submit that he wouldn’t have walked off base without his weapon, knowing that the guys standing next to him would have to go looking for him.

If he believed no one would take his complaints seriously if he lodged complaints through his chain of command, how much gravitas would he have had after showing up at a military base after taking a nice, unarmed hike in Taliban territory?

Fact is he wanted to be a badass. He tried to join the French Foreign Legion, and those guys rejected him, so he joined the Army “for the adventure” instead. The little jerk had a superiority complex too, and didn’t think the guys in his unit were competent enough to fight according to what he told former SPC Jason Fry. “If this deployment is lame,” Bergdahl told Fry, “I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.” (emphasis mine)

And now this lying colostomy bag wants us to believe that he cared about his fellow Soldiers so much, that he was going to hike unarmed 18 miles to another military base and lodge complaints about their treatment to command? Please! Whom does he think he’s kidding?

He thought he was too good for this mission.

He thought he was superior to his buddies.

He thought he was going to be a badass Soldier to compensate for his Foreign Legion rejection and the fact that he was discharged from the Coast Guard.

And when all of that failed, he took a hike with the intent of finding the Taliban and helped them murder his fellow service members!

What he did was the definition of desertion and treason, and for that he deserves the maximum penalty.

#IWillProtectYou

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I read a story today that I haven’t seen covered in any news outlet. An 8-year-old girl ran to her mother recently terrified of something she saw on the news:

Sofia had been watching the news with her grandmother, when she heard about Donald Trump’s call to deport refugees and ban Muslims from entering America.

“She ran to me with a look of absolute fear on her face,” Melissa told Upworthy.

Sofia, who is 8 years old, was convinced that Trump wanted to kick her and her family, who are Muslim — and American citizens — out of the country.

Sofia’s mom was understandably upset, and posted her frustration on her Facebook page a few days ago.


I’m proud to say that many American veterans have responded just the way they should – by publicly announcing their intent to protect children – ALL children, regardless of their faith.

The Twitter hashtag #IWillProtectYou was created just for this, and many veterans, including myself, have made the pledge to Sofia – and every child – that they would be protected.


Because no child should fear being kicked out of heir homeland because of their faith.

Because no child should be scared that it’s government will imprison, discriminate against them, or deprive hem of their rights, no matter what God they worship – or don’t.

Because every child deserves a childhood free from fear that some megalomaniacal, narcissistic dick weasel, who bought himself a country, will boot them from their home.

Because no child should fear government force.

Because we – as service members – swore an oath to protect this nation and her Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, and that includes the aforementioned megalomaniacal, narcissistic dick weasels who want to turn this nation into a fascist shithole.

Because we – as service members – understand the true meaning of honor.

Because we – as service members – protect the innocent. It’s what we do.

Because we – as service members – will not stand idly by and allow those smaller and weaker than us to be abused by those in power.

Because we – as service members – are sheepdogs.

And because I truly believe that those of us who made the commitment to serve will not obey the orders of a sad, bigoted, narcissist, who doesn’t give a rat’s flying fuck about America, and who is obviously compensating for his inadequate genitalia by buying himself a country – even if the meathead contingency in this country is somehow stupid enough to place this leftist turd in sheep’s clothing in the White House.

#IWillProtectYou

And I hope my fellow vets will as well.

Bergdahl – Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime

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Well, it looks like deserter scum Bowe Bergdahl will probably not face any significant punishment for his actions that resulted in him hanging out with his Taliban pals for a few years before being exchanged for five terrorists and allowed to return home to his family. To those of us who have been following this story closely, this appalling recommendation from Lt. Col. Mark Visger, represents something completely incomprehensible.

…Visger presided over an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing, in Sgt. Bergdahl’s case last month. During that hearing, the lead military investigator in the case said he didn’t believe Sgt. Bergdahl should be jailed.

Visger recommended a special courts martial for the princess that could result in one year of confinement, six months pay forfeiture, three months hard labor, or a bad-conduct discharge.

It’s often characterized as misdemeanor court.

This is a man who walked away from his duty station, left his weapon, and went looking for the Taliban.

He spent five years with the enemy, during which time reports vary about his activities. If you believe some, he was captured, kept in a cage, and treated like an animal. If you believe those reports, he also tried to escape and was punished for it. If you believe others, he played soccer, chilled with his Taliban buddies, and provided information that led to attacks against our troops.

Many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.

“Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under thetrucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,” said Buetow.

It was “very suspicious,” says Buetow, noting that Bergdahl knew sensitive information about the movement of U.S. trucks, the weaponry on those trucks, and how soldiers would react to attacks.

Eyewitness accounts show Bergdahl had at some point decided he was going to be a warrior for Islam, whose captors even allowed him to carry a gun at times. If this is true, and he didn’t bother attempting to escape. Screw that Article III of the Code of Conduct!

If you believe this photo, he doesn’t look altogether unhappy.

Of course, Bergdahl’s scumbag lawyer is demanding even more lenient treatment for his traitorous yambag of a client. That fetid  ass weasel wants an Article 15 for his client. Nonjudicial punishment. A slap on the wrist.

A slap on the wrist for someone who walked off base and, at the very least, gradually became BFFs with his Haqqani captors.

A slap on the wrist for someone who deserted his post, resulting in multiple searches and casualties in efforts to recover him.

This is not a guy I see as being particularly gnawed by his conscience about what he was asked to do in Afghanistan. This is a guy who tried to join the French Foreign Legion – I guess because he thought he’d be some kind of badass – but who got rejected by the Legion and was all butthurt about it. He then joined the Army in hopes of showing off his badassery in the Infantry.

“He wanted to be a mercenary, wanted to be a free gun,” says Fry. “He had a notion he was a survivalist, claimed he knew how to survive with nothing because he grew up in Idaho…. Before we deployed… him and I were talking about what it would be like,” Fry recalls. Bowe looked at his friend and made no bones about his plans. “If this deployment is lame,” Bowe said, “I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”

That’s right, boys and girls. Bergdahl told his buddy that if the deployment wasn’t badass enough for his standards, he would just walk. And guess what! That’s exactly what he did, resulting in years of rescue efforts, American casualties, and the release of five high-value Taliban prisoners in exchange for his worthless ass.

No matter which reports you believe about his time in captivity – Bergdahl as a heroic POW who tried to escape multiple times, or Bergdahl the traitor who walked off into the enemy’s open arms and helped them target American troops – the fact is that this shitbag walked off in the middle of the night, left his equipment, and went looking for the Taliban. And in my opinion, that deserves a bit more than a slap on the wrist.

Martland Granted Reprieve

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I’m convinced this is what happens when wrongdoing is publicized and publicized hard. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times, Breitbart, CNN, and other media outlets, as well as a number of blogs, including this one, publicized the plight of Afghan boys, who were raped and enslaved, and the apparent instructions of the U.S. military to its troops to ignore this twisted phenomenon. I said at the time that this horror needs to be publicized far and wide, because not only were troops instructed to ignore this corruption, but two of them were disciplined for deigning to do something about it!

charles-martland-600SFC Charles Martland, a Green Beret, and by all accounts an exemplary Soldier, was to be drummed out of the military on November 1 for beating up an Afghan commander who had a little boy chained to his bed as a sex slave and physically assaulted his mother for protesting this monstrous atrocity!

Worse yet, when Martland appealed the decision, he was denied based on little more than a technicality! Yes, understand this and remember it well. The military is trying to boot out an exemplary, dedicated, honorable troop, because he could not stand by and ignore atrocities committed against a child by people who are supposed to be our allies!

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told Martland that his appeal “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal.

“Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office wrote in a memo to Martland.

As an Army veteran, I find this sickening, as should every American. At the time, I wrote that we, as Americans, military service members, and human beings should intervene and stop these acts of “malicious debauchery.” I stand by this contention, and I’m nauseated that the Army is trying to involuntarily separate a stellar Soldier for doing the morally right thing!

Luckily, once Congressman Duncan Hunter and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry got involved on Martland’s behalf, he was granted a slight reprieve. The Secretary of the Army has delayed Martland’s involuntary separation for 60 days, giving him enough time to file an appeal.

Thornberry spoke by phone Tuesday with McHugh, according to a press release on the House Armed Services Committee website. They discussed Martland’s case, and the conversation followed “several weeks of committee review of SFC Martland’s service record and the Army investigation into the incident,” HASC press release said.

During their conversation, Thornberry expressed his view that Martland’s discharge should be delayed until he can prepare an appeal with adequate military counsel, the release said.

After the men spoke, Thornberry sent a letter to McHugh elaborating on the committee’s inquiry, his recommendation to the Army, and his larger concerns regarding policies in place for U.S. troops to report human rights abuses.

“Congress cannot substitute our judgment for that of the military chain of command,” Thornberry wrote. “We are, however, responsible for ensuring that the process in place is fair and adequate to the demands of an Army at war.”

Thornberry went on to write that he “noted potential procedural errors in due process” in Martland’s case.

I think once this case it the media, the outrage was too great for Congress and the Army to do nothing. The military has generally been considered America’s most trustworthy institution, according to opinion polls, and this injustice would be a huge stain on its honor.

That’s why I encourage everyone to keep the pressure on. Keep reporting. Keep writing your elected representatives. Keep blogging. Keep working to expose these grotesque violations of human rights.

I think that only with a concentrated effort can we ensure justice is done! I, for one, refuse to allow this to be swept under the rug!

A National Shame

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“In all our training, we were told to be ready and accept Afghan corruption as a way of doing business,” my buddy told me.

My friend is an Army officer who spent some time in Afghanistan advising local police, and to this day, he is haunted by the thought that what he saw one night at an Afghan police chief’s home was not the police chief’s nephew, as he had claimed, but a sex slave. “He looked traumatized,” my buddy said. “Looking back, he probably saw a whole bunch of us gathering at the chief’s house and thought he was going to be gang raped. He was terrified.”

My friend didn’t put it all together – the training, the instructions to ignore what was described as differences in culture, the young boy cowering in a corner of the police chief’s house – until later. And when he saw a PBS Frontline report about the “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,” he knew. His interpreters told him about the crying they heard at night in their rooms, and he knew. He realized what was going on, and to this day, he feels guilt and remorse for not telling his chain of command what he saw.

But along with this guilt, my friend wonders if his chain of command would have done anything at all to protect this boy and others like him, because apparently, the United States military has turned its back on horrific child abuse in the name of collaboration with other cultures and maintaining good relations with the Afghan police.

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.”

This is disgusting! What’s even more disgusting is that two Soldiers who took it upon themselves to protect an innocent boy apparently got punished for it.

SFC Charles Martland and CPT Dan Quinn, according to press reports, beat up a militia commander who had a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. Reports vary about just how badly this pederast scumbag was beaten, since he walked away from the incident – something that would never have happened had I been in that room (at the very least, he would not have walked away with his genitals intact) – and went to another military base to complain about his treatment. However, because the two acted in defense of an innocent and apparently ignored orders to turn a blind eye to such abuses, the two faced disciplinary action and had their military careers ruined.

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

Four years later, the Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Special Forces member who joined Captain Quinn in beating up the commander.

As a matter of fact, a recent report says the Army has rejected Martland’s appeal of his discharge order!

The Pentagon now denies that any such orders to ignore Afghan abuses of young boys exists. The military denies this is official policy. And yet, my friend says his pre-deployment training included instructions to ignore blatant “corruption” and that it was simply a part of the Afghan culture.

Listen, I’m the last person to go off half-cocked about the military. I love the military. I’m an Army veteran. I joined the armed forces out of a sense of obligation – because I love my adopted country, and because I considered military service an honor. I felt my duty was not just to defend the Constitution of the United States, but to uphold the values, honor, and tradition of military service – to protect innocent lives. I still abide by this duty. I still believe my oath holds.

And that’s why I cannot fathom how any policy would defend this… this destruction of innocence… this abandonment of human decency… this outright annihilation of the human soul!

My friend thought about reporting what he saw, but did not think it would do any good. “We were told to accept Afghan corruption,” he said. And worse, after that night, the boy was taken elsewhere, and they never saw him again. Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. confirmed my friend’s report in a conversation with his father before he was shot to death in 2012. He told his father that he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base from his rack. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father said. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

THEIR CULTURE???

FUCK THEIR CULTURE! There. I said it. It’s as clear as I can make it. This isn’t culture. This is child abuse. This is sub-human and unconscionable, and we – as American service members – should never walk away without doing something!

What kind of savages enslave little boys and use them as sex toys? What kind of sadists hear a child scream in pain as they forcibly penetrate them and take away every shred of dignity, innocence, and spirit, and then not only continue the act until sated, but chain the child like an animal – like property – and continue the abuse?

This is what we’re supposed to “unofficially” turn a blind eye to?

Sure, the Pentagon denies there’s an “official” policy in place to ignore child rape. But when numerous troops confirm that they were instructed to “ignore all corruption” and were hesitant to bring blatant incidents of abuse to the attention of their chain of command…

…and when two heroes who dared to confront the monster in front of them were penalized, their careers ruined, how can any rational, thinking human being NOT perceive this as anything BUT official policy?

“I was never told to report it or not to. You knew who had a chai boy and who didn’t,” another friend and veteran told me.

Really?

“The reason we weren’t able to step in with these local rape cases was we didn’t want to undermine the authority of the local government,” Dan Quinn told CNN. “We were trying to build up the local government. Us acting after the local government fails to can certainly undermine their credibility.”

Really?

“I was there in ’10-11 and saw proof of the debauchery constantly. I asked an O-6 about it and was told point blank ‘there’s nothing we can do about it,’” says yet another Soldier.

Really?

Another friend of mine, who spent a lot of time in Afghanistan as a civilian, told me she fired one of her Afghan employees after discovering footage of him getting obliterated in a heroin den with an boy on her iPad. “When the dancing ended, things went from bad to worse,” she recounted. “I wanted to be sick.” She turned the video over to the Afghan police, quoted the Koran and Afghan law to him on the subject, and then told him his family would be notified of the shame he brought upon them. He broke down, but it is an ugly facet of one part of their society, she said, and it happens a lot.

No, this is not a big secret. Our troops know it’s happening, and they’re disgusted by it. Civilians know what is going on. Media outlets have run the stories about these poor kids and the slime who abuse them. It’s common knowledge. But now that SFC Martland’s case is hitting the news, the DoD feels it necessary to deny the policy that directs our troops to ignore it?

This is what we’ve come down to? We’re so anxious to prove how non-interventionist, benevolent, non-occupationist and victorious against the Taliban we are, that we have not only joined forces with a bunch of savage pedophiles, but ignore the rape and enslavement of children on our own military bases?

Count me as one of those Soldiers who would not only ignore any direct order given to ignore the abuse, but who would stomp the pernicious bag of diarrhea committing said abuse into a moist, smelly spot on the pavement!

It’s one thing to respect another culture – yes, I’ll drink that jet fuel you call booze. No, I won’t care if you scratch your nuts at the dinner table. Of course I will respect your traditions at Ramadan and will not eat in public. I’ll even avoid making eye contact with the men in Afghanistan, as their culture dictates.

But where do we draw the line between respecting someone’s culture and allowing twisted troglodytes to destroy the lives of children for the sake of their status and their insatiable, depraved sexual proclivities?

Shouldn’t we, as Americans, military service members, and human beings intervene and stop these acts of malicious debauchery?

Sure, our mission is to fight the Taliban. Sure we’re supposed to train the Afghans to defend their own country. But it’s part of our mission to ensure that the innocent are protected. It’s our moral duty to ensure that murderous pederast scum do not destroy young lives. Not in a million years would I ever turn my back on an innocent child! Nor would I ever stand idly by and allow obvious, vicious, barbaric acts of rape – violations of human rights – go on under my nose!

I understand that if we start intervening in local jurisdictions, we will be viewed as an occupying force. I understand we need to allow Afghan law enforcement to do its job. I know we would scream bloody murder if another nation or an international organization attempted to intervene in our society, our law enforcement, and jurisprudence. I also understand that there’s a fine line between non-interference and allowing atrocities to go on unchecked under our noses – especially on our own bases. It is the very law enforcement officers whose job is supposed to be to protect innocent people from predators, who are violating children and beating women for protesting said abuse of their sons!

Enough is enough! We cannot stand by and do nothing; the fact that our Soldiers feel they cannot put a stop to this travesty is a national shame.

By the way, Congressman Duncan Hunter has written a letter on SFC Martland’s behalf to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. In it, Duncan reiterates that Martland could no longer stand by and do nothing while atrocities were committed by the local police commander, and that his decision to intervene and protect the child was a moral one – as an American and a human being.

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