At one point in the United States’ war on terrorism the New York Times believed that the Bush administration “set the tone” and created a specific type of culture. They surmised that any sin committed by an underling was based on the beliefs of the higher-ups. Supported by his legal team, Bush and Cheney argued that torture (or enhanced interrogation) was a necessity. Results of this thinking bled down through the ranks of the military and CIA, creating a culture of torture, and that culture gave us Abu Ghraib. The New York Times editorial claimed “Each new revelation makes it more clear that the inhumanity at Abu Ghraib grew out of a morally dubious culture of legal expediency and a disregard for normal behavior fostered at the top of this administration.”
The New York Times has recently been reporting on the practice of “bacha bazi” (boy rape) by Afghan commanders or police chiefs. U.S. soldiers have reportedly been told to look the other way by their commanding officers. Some soldiers have been punished for responding physically against Afghanis. Other soldiers have been reassigned for whistleblowing. While this appears new to the New York Times, the documentary This Is What Winning Looks Like focused on the sexual abuses committed by Afghanis back in 2013.
Obama’s foundation is deeply rooted with sympathies towards Islam. In his book The Audacity of Hope he wrote “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” He has gone to many lengths to quell any anger that Muslims might feel towards the United States, often stating “Islam is a religion of peace” and “the United Stated will never be at war with Islam.” He vows to continue his fight for Islam because “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Obama and his cronies have minimized or have looked the other way to the realities of radical Islam. They believe climate change is the biggest threat to the world. The shooting at Fort Hood by Nadal Hassan was considered “workplace violence” even though he had been in contact with a radical cleric and screamed ‘Allah Akbar’ as he shot and killed other service members. Obama considered ISIS a ‘JV team’ and minimized their threat because they are “engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.” Obama drew a ‘red-line’ against Syria that if they used chemical weapons, the United States would get involved. After reports of Syria using chemical weapons, Obama denied drawing a ‘red-line’ statement and did not commit U.S. Forces.
The left-leaning Daily Beast has reported, “More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials.” Someone is changing their reports to give the American people a different view, a sanitized one, about what is happening in the fight against terrorism. “The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.”
The New York Times could clearly see the culture of torture created by Bush and Cheney as it looked at Abu Ghraib. What type of culture has Obama Administration created? Perhaps the nonchalance by Obama and his administration towards Islam has trickled down through the ranks and created a culture of indifference.
The military is currently in the midst of a transition towards inclusiveness. We have seen women added to combat positions, possibly becoming Navy SEALS, the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the nomination of an openly gay Army secretary as the military is pushed to be more multicultural. With a foreign policy based on the premise that “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation”, it appears telling another nation not to rape their young boys would be hegemony.