Who did not expect the United States government to deny ignoring the rampant rape of boys by our Afghan allies? Once Fox News and the New York Times reported the story of a soldier being discharged for protecting a boy from a rapist, there could be no other response. The U.S. government would not admit to doing that. They would rather do this:
The Pentagon denied on Monday that the U.S. military has a policy directing forces to ignore the sexual abuse of minors by Afghan officials, after a newspaper reported that troops were told to look the other way in order to maintain good ties with Afghan allies.
[…] “I can tell you we’ve never had a policy in place that directs any military member or any government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses,” said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. “The practices described in that article, we find absolutely abhorrent.”
“There’s nothing that would preclude any military member from making reports about human rights violations to their chain of command,” he added.
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