Africom Gen. Carter Ham Admits Pentagon Error In Teaching Military Skills Without First Teaching Military Ethics and Human Values

[It is very rare to hear an American general speaking in such a candid manner, it is is unacceptable to admit mistakes for a perfect organization like the Pentagon, because any weakening of their armor of "denial" could ultimately have a corrosive cascading effect, eventually bringing-down the entire five-sided house of lies.  The Pentagon is the mother of all lies and the father of the CIA, the world's premier institute of pure lies.  Whatever inhuman, illegal human experiments that the CIA has done were actually done for the Pentagon, allowing the generals to hide behind their curtain (armor) of denial, while the agency continued to study the human breaking point.  The Nazi pseudo-scientists were looking for the limits of human mental endurance, so that they could overcome them.  

The Nazis were in firm agreement with the concept of a super-soldier, as a natural bi-product of their beliefs in "Aryan" superiority.  The super-soldier concept reinforced the Nazi ideas of a "superman" or "Godman."  The American continuation of these Nazi mind-control experiments was investing in the torture and murder which formed the foundation for the original studies.  Such inhuman experimentation was (and is) done in total violation of every  international law or treaty, or the sanctity of human rights or any kind of "military ethos."  Any further research which builds upon this criminal line of investigation is also immoral and unethical by its connection to the tainted line of inquiry.  Pentagon continuation of this research led to major breakthroughs in mind-control sciences, giving them the covert capability to create actual "Manchurian Candidate" assassins and the overt capability to make major leaps in military training, allowing the military to train around human hang-ups and mental weakness.  

In the Nazi version of super-soldier training, compassion would be considered a weakness.  In the SOCOM version of super-soldier training, feelings of any kind (except for the violent ones) are weaknesses to be overcome, more enemies to be vanquished.  This explains why so many Spec Ops veterans suffer from PTSD, and why military suicides have surpassed the number of combat deaths.  This also helps to explain why so many US SOCOM training operations lead to the possibly inadvertent creation of death squads, often self-formed units of gung-ho trainees who are eager to use the skills that they have just been given to correct the wrongs in their own country. 

Gen. Ham is referring to this basic error in the Pentagon's training regime, which has been exposed in Mali and elsewhere.   The Pentagon, in its shortsightedness, has trained hundreds of professional killers in Mali, most of whom are proving to have the same morals as a bunch of neanderthal contract killers.  Like mob hit men, their only real concern is not getting caught, covering-up the evidence of their crimes.  War crimes, like those occurring in Mali, cannot be explained by claims of the killers' ignorance, especially when they try to hide the evidence that will convict them.  

Mass-executions, executions of prisoners and the wounded, decapitations, machete dismemberment, followed by hiding the bodies down wells and burning tires on top of them, all in hopes of covering-up their war crimes.  All of this happened under the watchful eyes of their duplicitous French Army overlords.  American Special Forces might have trained these guys, but it took the French to put them to doing their dirty work.]

Just a corpse buried in Sévaré in central Mali. In several places in the city, residents saw soldiers of the national army throwing bodies in wells.

“This is a naked body, crudely buried and only the left arm and buttocks are visible on the surface of loose soil. It lies in a corner in the center of Sévaré, a town of some 30,000 inhabitants where the park Malian military and the French army which controls the airport….

“I was there!” Exclaims Moussa S. “The dead were rebels!” Added the former soldier, who does not hide his hatred of “redskins”, the nickname given by the Tuareg. “They have thrown in the well. Soldiers completed wounded rebels, brought from Konna.’s Alive were executed. Then they covered the body of tires and gasoline and burned.” Macule blood the well’s mouth, which was partially blocked by rubble. Nearby, the smell is nauseating. Witnesses speak of 25 to 30 bodies buried in this area. Of manhunts, there have been many. “Being Arab, Tuareg or dressed in the traditional way, for someone who is not Sévaré this is enough to make it disappear,” two young show. “Wearing a beard, they say, it’s a suicide.”

Last Friday, a father and his young son from the north and crossing Sévaré, were killed. Machetes and bullets, before ending up in the pit.”

Mali crisis: US military admits mistakes in training army

BBC

French forces are leading the offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali

The commander of US forces in Africa says the Pentagon made mistakes in its training of Malian troops now trying to oust Islamists from the north.

Gen Carter Ham, of US Africom, said American forces had failed to train Malian troops on “values, ethics and a military ethos”.

He was speaking after reports of abuses by Mali government troops taking part in the French-led counter-offensive.

Meanwhile, air strikes have been reported near the northern city of Gao.

The militant stronghold came under fire as the military operation entered its third week.

Islamists seized the north of the country last year and have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law on its inhabitants.

France intervened militarily on 11 January to stop them advancing further south.

‘Military ethos’

However, human rights groups have since accused Malian troops of killing Arabs and ethnic Tuaregs as they advance north.

The claims caused alarm in the West, particularly in the US which has been training troops in Mali and neighbouring countries to tackle the militant threat for several years.

Gen Ham said Malian troops were given plenty of tactical training, but not enough ethics training.

“We were focusing our training almost exclusively on tactical or technical matters,” he told a forum at Washington’s Howard University.

“We didn’t spend probably the requisite time focusing on values, ethics and a military ethos.”

Military plane at Istres, southern France, carrying troops and military equipment to Mali. 22 Jan 2013
More French troops and equipment are being flown out to Mali

The general said not enough was done to convince Malian recruits that “when you put on the uniform of your nation, you accept the responsibility to defend and protect that nation, to abide by the legitimate civilian authority that has been established, to conduct yourselves according to the rule of law”.

“We didn’t do that to the degree that we needed to,” he added

Mali’s army staged a coup in March 2012.

In the chaos which followed, Islamist militants and secular rebels extended their control of the whole of the north – an area of the Sahara Desert larger than France – while the army hardly put up any resistance.

Meanwhile, French TV has been carrying grainy images of air strikes which the military said was near the city of Gao.

Malian and Niger security sources also reported the strikes, saying two Islamist bases with fuel stocks and weapons dumps near Gao had been destroyed.

French and Malian troops also staged joint patrols for the first time, in the town of Douentza west of Gao, the French AFP news agency said, quoting Malian sources.

The BBC’s Mark Doyle in Mali says a big international troop build-up is continuing ahead of a probable French-led air and ground offensive against Gao and other desert cities.

There are currently about 2,000 French troops in Mali.

An armed column of Chadian soldiers is making its way to Mali overland and more than 1,000 Nigerian soldiers are expected there too.

The UN refugee agency says more than 7,000 civilians have fled to neighbouring countries since 10 January to escape the fighting.

In another development, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has unveiled a proposal for a peaceful resolution to the Mali conflict.

The five-point plan includes political negotiations, economic and development initiatives and co-ordinated relief efforts. President Morsi has spoken against military intervention in Mali.