by David Lindorff:
The Case for Impeachment of PresidentBarackObama
the truth comes out…sort of.
claiming that two pregnant women and a teenage girl killed in a
US Special Forces raid on an Afghan home in Khataba in February
had been discovered bound and slain by the Americans, the US military
has admitted that they were actually shot and killed by those US
troops–who then tried to cover up their “mistake” by
carving the bullets out of the bodies with knives, removing other
incriminating bullets from the compound’s walls, and then washing
away the bloody evidence with alcohol.
In this new
grisly version of the story issued from the US command in Afghanistan,
it was a case of the Special Forces Unit lying to superiors about
what had transpired in their botched raid, which also killed an
Afghan police commander and a government prosecutor.
The only reason
we know all this today is because of the intrepid digging by a relentless
reporter from the Times of London, Jerome Starkey, who, unlike
the hacks in Kabul passing themselves off as journalists from American
news organizations, didn’t just accept the press release on
the incident put out by Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s office, but
instead did his own investigation, talking to Afghan and UN investigators,
as well as local people where the incident happened.
For his efforts
at getting to the truth, Starkey was attacked by the US military,
accused of lying and misrepresenting US statements.
Now that Starkey
has been fully vindicated, there has been no apology from McChrystal’s
office, or from the military public relations operation. Nor have
US reporters and editors, who left Starkey undefended while his
credibility was being attacked by the US, said anything about his
role in bringing the truth to light.
York Times, in an article
today by Richard A. Oppel, Jr., datelined Kabul, said that the
US military, “after initially denying involvement in any cover-up
in the deaths,” had “admitted that its forces had killed
the women during the nighttime raid.”
The paper also
credited the Times of London (without mentioning Starkey),
with, a day before the military’s about face, disclosing
that American forces on the scene had “dug bullets out of their
victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath” and then “washed
the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what