America: Why We Fight

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Yesterday a New York Times report revealed yet another disturbing indication of the looming moral bankruptcy of our nation’s military under President Obama.

According to interviews and court records, U.S. military personnel have been instructed not to intervene in the “rampant sexual abuse of children” even when it is perpetrated by our Afghan allies on U.S. installations. Was not the blood of our sons, daughters, husbands and wives spilled to free the people of Afghanistan from the fear of terrorism and the abuse of terrorists? And now we turn a blind eye to the widespread terrorizing of children by those we put in power because sexual abuse of young boys is deemed by some as a”cultural” thing?

What does America stand for? I would venture to say that almost every military member believes that the nation they serve represents freedom, sacrifice, and courage to the rest of the world. It is therefore, simply incomprehensible that the United States would condone the enslaving of children for sexual exploitation by anyone, especially people who have received billions in U.S. dollars and for whom many U.S. lives have been lost.

When U.S. troops are directed to turn a blind eye to sexual abuse by deviant pedophiles who sexually assault young boys and girls in Afghanistan, then America becomes complicit. American G.I.’s being instructed to do nothing when a tribal leader or an Afghan police chief is assaulting a child runs so incredibly counter to our values and to the very nature of the American soldier that it leaves one wondering just how low the Obama administration will sink morally.

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The Times report tells of soldiers and Marines hearing the boys scream at night from the abuse and told they were to do nothing about it. Those who did have been disciplined or are facing discipline. A child screaming for help evokes powerful emotions and protective instincts in most Americans. I can only imagine the emotional trauma those who witnessed this abuse and did nothing.

Thankfully, some members of Congress are taking notice. Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) have put pressure on the Pentagon to implement a clear policy on responding to child sexual abuse. Today, U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell made a statement regarding the allegations:

“…any suspicions of sexual abuse will be immediately reported to the chain of command, regardless of who the alleged perpetrators or victims are. The chain of command will take appropriate action under applicable law, as well as DoD and service regulations.

“If the abuse involves Afghans, a report shall be forwarded to me through operations channels, copied to the Staff Judge Advocate, so that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan can be advised and requested to take action.”

This is certainly progress, but there are many questions that still remain. How can we put American soldiers in situations where they can stop this kind of evil behavior and then restrict them from doing so? No soldier should ever be told to turn a blind eye to child abuse. America needs a President that will put policies in place that when an American soldier or Marine protects an innocent child from those who would terrorize them in such a heinous way, they will be honored and not condemned and booted from the military.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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