Yesterday’s War Crimes are Today’s Reprimands

Ironically, the next paragraph in the January 2003 SotU address, President Bush had this to say to the Iraqi people:

And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country — your enemy is ruling your country. (Applause.)

More information is coming out surrounding the torture and abuse at the Abu Ghraib military prison in Iraq. There were way more than 6 soldiers involved, including CIA operatives who sanctioned and encouraged the abuse to “soften them up” and civilian contractors who had access to prisoners and may have engaged in torture as well. As it was put so succinctly at the end of the New Yorker article, Torture at Abu Ghraib: “Do you really believe the Army relieved a general officer because of six soldiers? Not a chance.”

Also, the US Army Report on Torture of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib Prison is being circulated, and documents many many instances of abuse and willful ignorance of abuse and torture up the chain of command.

The punishment for these “abhorrent” acts? Severe reprimands for 6 officers. Pathetic.

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