May 23rd, 2004

yet more Abu Ghraib

The Washington Post has come out with a bunch of new articles over the past few days on Abu Ghraib, based on the statements of the soldiers involved, and allegations by one of their lawyers that Gen. Sanchez, the highest-ranking officer in Iraq, knew what was going on, and had in fact witnessed one or more of the interrogations.

On the one hand, I'm perfectly willing to believe that people farther up the chain of command encouraged these kinds of interrogations. On the other hand, it seems pretty clear that at least some of the soldiers were enjoying themselves, whether they were "just following orders" or not. From Spec. Darby, the soldier who originally discovered the photos and reported them to his superiors:

[Darby] said that he asked Graner, a Pennsylvania prison guard in civilian life, about the photographs. Graner replied: "The Christian in me says it's wrong, but the corrections officer in me says, 'I love to make a grown man piss himself.'"

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Apparently the administration has been sending out videos of Hussein-era tortures in order to remind people that Saddam was actually worse than we are.

Yes, folks, the best defense the administration can come up with is that we're not quite as bad as Saddam Hussein.

Yay us! Moral victory! We rule!

So, for example, should we lighten up on the criminals in our prisons, since most of them aren't as bad as Ted Bundy?