Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:00 PM
Comrade Grumpy (3,420 posts)
Congressional Probe Reveals Cover-Up of "Auschwitz-Like" Conditions at U.S.-Funded Afghan Hospital
A congressional investigation has revealed a top U.S. general in Afghanistan sought to stall an investigation into abuse at a U.S.-funded hospital in Kabul that kept patients in "Auschwitz-like" conditions. Army whistleblowers revealed photographs taken in 2010, which show severely neglected, starving patients at Dawood Hospital, considered the crown jewel of the Afghan medical system where the country’s military personnel are treated. The photos show severely emaciated patients, some suffering from gangrene and maggot-infested wounds. The general accused of the cover-up is Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, one of the nation’s highest-ranking commanders in Afghanistan, who served as the commander of the $11.2-billion-a-year Afghan training program. We speak to Michael Hastings, contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine and a reporter for BuzzFeed, which has been following the story closely.
Much more at the link.
I posted this to make up for the similar one that was zotted because somebody didn't like the source (or was it the nature of the story?). I assume Democracy Now and Rolling Stone are okay.
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Congressional Probe Reveals Cover-Up of "Auschwitz-Like" Conditions at U.S.-Funded Afghan Hospital (Original post)
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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:43 PM
kenny blankenship (15,083 posts)
5. Why would someone want to cover up this story?
Someone at DU, I mean. Is partisanship so rank here that it would outstink a gangrenous wound?
Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #5)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:47 PM
Ohio Joe (12,022 posts)
7. It is not being covered up
It is conspiracy non-sense. With the Hosts almost never locking this shit like they should, it will get worse and worse.
Others have explained why this is shit.
Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #7)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:04 PM
limpyhobbler (6,711 posts)
8. How is it a conspiracy theory if several military officers are swearing to it under oath?
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Response to taterguy (Reply #9)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:07 PM
sabrina 1 (34,104 posts)
11. Thanks, Taterguy!
It's a horrible story and I hope something is done about it now that Congress has been made aware of it. To hand over money like that to anyone, and not keep tabs on what they are doing, seems insane.
I could not look at the photos, too graphic by far but glad someone had the stomach to record what is going on nevertheless.
Response to scarletwoman (Reply #13)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:43 PM
unapatriciated (4,863 posts)
14. lol and may I add this for Sid
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edited to add a thank you to taterguy
Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:48 PM
UnrepentantLiberal (11,700 posts)
15. Is this the same story?
At Afghan Military Hospital, Graft and Deadly Neglect
By MARIA ABI-HABIB
The Wall Street Journal
September 3, 2011
KABUL—American officers deployed as mentors in Afghanistan's main military hospital discovered a shocking secret last year: Injured soldiers were routinely dying of simple infections and even starving to death as some corrupt doctors and nurses demanded bribes for food and the most basic of care.
The discovery, which hasn't previously been reported, added new details to longstanding evidence of gross mismanagement at Dawood National Military Hospital, where most salaries and supplies are paid for by American taxpayers.
Yet the patient neglect continued for months after U.S. officials discovered it, as Afghan officials rebuffed American pressure to take action, multiple documents and testimonies viewed by The Wall Street Journal show.
The way senior Afghan officials tolerated such deadly graft shows just how deeply rooted corruption has become in President Hamid Karzai's administration, as well as the limits of Washington's ability to rein it in. American advisers have since forced an improvement in conditions at the hospital.
Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #15)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:39 PM
SunsetDreams (8,299 posts)
16. That is the same story yes
Which brings even more questions for me. Why is this story just now being blown into the news? Why are we doing a Congressional hearing when the U.S. did in fact take action and correct it? The Afghan government had to be forced into correcting the condition.