Once again, the United States government has deplorably neglected vulnerable servicemember

Once again, the United States government has deplorably neglected vulnerable servicemember

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A blistering report, released by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General last week, found that since 2008 at least 100 American bomb-sniffing dogs have been starved and abused, and at least 10 — possibly more — neglected to death by our ally Jordan.

One American veterinarian, among five sent to Jordan by the State Department in 2016, unequivocally told the US government to shut this program down.

Instead, State sent 66 more dogs to Jordan, where they were ignored, left to languish in filthy kennels under extreme heat. Their Jordanian handlers expressed nothing but contempt, throwing the dogs’ food on the floors — floors with improper drainage, broken and sharp tiles, floors covered in dirt and feces.

These are dogs whose only purpose is to save human lives. It is what they are bred for and trained to do.

Fresh water bowls were nowhere to be found. The dogs have suffered rampant tick bites that go untreated, causing engorgements, disease and death.

Even their nails are left to grow wild.

These warrior dogs are spared no indignity by the Jordanians.

The first to die — according to this report, which only dates back to 2016 — was Zoe, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who died of heatstroke. A State Department veterinarian reported that all of the MWD heat-related deaths have been caused by outright negligence — not accident — and that this manner of death is brutal.

Next was a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois named Mencey, who arrived in Jordan healthy. Nine months later, a tick-borne disease led to renal failure, and he was sent back to America, where he was euthanized.

As ugly as this is, here’s something uglier — something neither the OIG report, nor most subsequent news coverage, will admit: Dogs in Jordan, as in much of the Middle East, often are loathed. They are viewed by many as akin to rats, dirty and diseased, never to be touched. Abuse is not just condoned but considered normal.

None of this is a secret. It’s been well documented by news outlets ranging from Al Jazeera to Fox News to the Jordan Times to — as recently as 2017 — The Atlantic.

How could we have sent these dogs to Jordan?

The report offers a rationale. “The Department explained in its 2017 Antiterrorism Assistance Year In Review that ‘[t]he U.S. priority of building sustainable counterterrorism capabilities of our international law enforcement partners not only safeguards the security of critical U.S. allies, it also helps to contain transnational threats before they reach the U.S. homeland or challenge regional or global stability.’”

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