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INHOFE'S SASC Q & A WITH GENERAL CAMPBELL On October 6, 2015, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee (SASC), participated in a SASC committee hearing ...
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US Commanding General in Afghanistan, John F. Campbell

As if the US atrocity of bombing a "Doctors without Borders" hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan wasn't so horrible as it was for the victims and the survivors it gets compounded when we get these responses from US officials:

At the Pentagon US Commander in Afghanistan John F. Campbell said, "Afghan forces had requested the air strike", this after "conceding the military at first reported the strike was to protect American troops that were threatened in the area". So we're to believe US military advisors working directly with the Afghans weren't in on calling for the strike.

Initially some unidentified military source said, "the hospital may have been 'collateral damage". Ah, sorry we didn't intend to harm innocent bystanders-the usual bromide we hear when we kill innocents.

And then this from White House spokesman John Earnest, "There is no country in the world and no military in the world that goes to greater lengths and places a higher premium on avoiding civilian casualties than the United States Department of Defense". Obviously Earnest hasn't been on the wrong end of a drone attack or missile strike on a funeral procession or a wedding party in Afghanistan.

As for the strike it was made from an American AC-130 gunship, a powerful and precise attack aircraft that kept firing for over 30 minutes where only on the hospital was hit. All this after the hospital provided GPS coordinates to the Afghan military and their US advisors "days before the attack to avoid being hit". The hospital staff even attempted to contact the Americans during the attack but received no response.

Christopher Stokes the general director of "Doctors without Borders" called it a "war crime". He called for an independent investigation but also announced he had to close the hospital.

This incident was an obvious atrocity although considering all the atrocities the US has committed not only in Afghanistan-Sgt. Bo Bergdahl leaving his base in the middle of the night and routinely killing Afghans as they slept or the aforementioned drone strikes and missile attacks on wedding parties and funeral processions, there's Abu Ghraib in Iraq, all war crimes, sometimes investigated as in Abu Ghraib where only a few low level military personnel were held accountable while those that authorized the torture were never held to account. Torture, something which after WWII, Nazi and Japanese commanders were hanged for their part in committing such war crimes.

The difference now we're the victors, the reigning empire-which we all know is never held accountable for the crimes it commits.

But in the world of public opinion the US is seen as guilty. Not so in America where most Americans employ willful ignorance, choosing to remain politically disengaged, indifferent and oblivious to the crimes committed in its name.

In August I wrote, "Is there any doubt we are complicit in the wrongful path our country has taken". [1]

"We may not want to admit it, but we have been complicit, essentially indifferent bystanders to our wrongful wars, occupations, indefinite detention, torture...we're no different than the 'good' Germans in the 1930's who allowed Hitler to come to power".

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking last week at the United Nations General Assembly put it succinctly-referring to the US-"Do they not know what they have done?" He was referring to the current crisis in Syria but he could very well be chronicling all the illegal and horrible atrocities the US has committed since the end of WWII.

As an American it's often hard not to feel ashamed and embarrassed of what's done in our name yet we've allowed to happen. That's a truth I believe most here would refuse to acknowledge, let alone accept.

As for our bombing of the "Doctors without Borders" hospital in Afghanistan it's just another black mark in our sordid, worldwide debacle, but soon it'll all be sent down the usual memory hole by our abetting corporate MSM and forgotten by most Americans.

It's the American way.

[1] "Is there any doubt we are complicit in the wrongful path our country has taken", by Dave Lefcourt, OPEDNEWS, August 11, 2015

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