The election of Barack Obama raised hopes there would be a new willingness on the part of the American government to confront its mistakes and engage in dialogue rather than pretending there never are mistakes. Philip Alston, the UN Human Rights Council’s special investigator on illegal killings charged American forces in Afghanistan were not addressing issues of the deaths of innocent civilians. The Obama administration is not refuting his charges, but they claim he has no right to make such accusations. “We do not believe that military and intelligence operations during armed conflict fall within the special rapporteur’s mandate.”
The issue is not whether Philip or John or Harry has a mandate to investigate deaths of innocent people, the issue is are such killings taking place and are those responsible being properly punished. What the heck has happened to Barack Obama??