Why is it so hard for our news media to tell the truth?
Newscasters keep reporting that Afghanistan President Karzai is holding up the agreement to let U.S. forces stay in Afghanistan after 2014.
Why not tell us the truth about the Status of Forces Agreement, which President Barack Obama demands and Hamid Karzai has declined to sign?
Under this agreement, Afghanistan would have to surrender its right to prosecute American soldiers for any crimes against Afghans — including rape, home invasion and murder. In other words, the Afghans would have to trust us to prosecute Americans for crimes they commit against Afghans. In addition, the Afghans would have to give up the right to restrict American night raids into Afghan homes.
According to Secretary of State John Kerry, “That’s the way it is everywhere else in the world.” If that were true, it would hardly comfort citizens of countries hosting American troops. But, in fact, Kerry’s statement is false! Look at our agreements with Japan, South Korea and various European countries.
I’m no fan of Karzai or Obama or Obama’s wars. And I have no desire for American troops to stay in Afghanistan (or Iraq, or Pakistan, or Yemen, etc.) But why won’t our media simply tell us what Obama is really demanding?