Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says allegations that the Pentagon told U.S. military commanders to ignore the sexual abuse of young boys in Afghanistan by local law enforcement are likely accurate.
"We are not intervening in this situation in Afghanistan," Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who served in the House from 1993 to 2011, said Monday to J.D. Hayworth, host of "Newsmax Prime" on Newsmax TV.
"We are not intervening in the genocide in Iraq that's being caused by ISIS and ISIL against religious minorities, primarily Christians. We are not stepping in to assist the women who are being brutalized by ISIL.
"America is standing silent on the sidelines as all these terrible and horrendous activities are going on."
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Hoekstra’s comments come after a New York Times report
that a Marine corporal could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys but was not allowed to intervene because he was told "it’s their culture."
Additionally, Hoekstra said, the United States is not addressing Syria’s refugee crisis to get to its root cause.
"We're not even leading from behind, we're just plain old behind," Hoekstra said.
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