This is not the point of Thomas Friedman’s op-ed piece, but it is the interesting part:
Obama’s visit comes shortly after the emergence of shocking video footage showing Indonesian soldiers torturing two villagers in the West Papuan highlands. The Indonesian government has admitted that the torturers were its soldiers.
Controversially, in July this year, the Obama administration lifted its ban on assistance to Indonesia’s notorious elite special forces, Kopassus. Kopassus had been barred from receiving US military aid for more than a decade because of human-rights abuses including killings, disappearances and torture.
The President, who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, will make his first official visit to the country since taking office.” (via Survival International)