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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Duncan D. Hunter
A Republican lawmaker who served in combat in Afghanistan is urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta not to make an example of the four Marines videotaped who were videotaped urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.
Two years ago this week, President Obama issued a sweeping executive order promising to shutter the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center within a year. Today, it's still open and running with little prospect of that changing in the near future.
Many thanks to California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter for arguing that we should fully implement the new Taskforce ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize) in Afghanistan, enabling troops to disrupt and defeat insurgent improved explosive device teams as they bury the bombs ("Hunter lauds tactic to snuff IEDs," Page 1, Sept. 16). As seen in Iraq, ODIN's next generation surveillance capabilities save troops' lives, reduce civilian casualties and deny insurgents their most effective weapon.
"I think the State Department is totally inept when it comes to being able to have oversight on things like this. This should not have gotten to this point," Rep. Duncan D. Hunter says.
"In Afghanistan our Marines see recurring acts of brutality by the enemy directed toward them and the Afghan people and they see their friends wounded or killed," Mr. Hunter, a former Marine, said in his letter.