Does Abu Ghraib still matter?

Posted by: newkojak

Does Abu Ghraib still matter? - 09/09/04 11:49 AM

When the story first broke, we saw the pictures and all acted with pretty uniform disgust. While many people rationally pleaded for a conclusive investigation into the matter, President Bush told us all that we should be proud of Donald Rumsfeld for being a "strong leader." As national leadership took a partisan bend over the issue, Abu Ghraib became more some kind of benchmark as journalistic abuse of the White House to some.<br><br>Now the seven or dozen "bad apples" that were blamed for the abuses originally have expanded into several dozen, reaching all the way to the highest civilian authority. Now there is a Senate investigation and people in both parties are pleading for an independent investigation.<br><br>Yes, Abu Ghraib still matters, but not in and of itself. The prison abuses in Iraq, Afghansitan, and Cuba all point to what happens when military contractors are placed in charge of criminal prosecution. They all point to what happens when civilian authority in the military does not take responsibility for the decisions they make. They all point to what happens when we blame systematic problems in our policy on people who were just following orders.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>