Right in the midst of the Iraqi prisoner torture scandal, Bush has been going around the country proclaiming the wonderful thing we have done in removing Saddam Hussein and closing his torture chambers. (Bush Story)
Now you will not hear me or anyone else disagree with that statement, but for Bush to say that right now, during the height of the outrage at the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of members of the U.S. military - without so much as acknowledging that it occurred, is ridiculous. When I saw footage of him repeating this statement I must say that it seemed somewhat surreal. It was like watching a bad propaganda film - one which tells half of the facts and attempts to make you believe that that is the whole story when you damn well know it's not!
So let me get this straight, we closed Hussein's torture chambers and opened our own? One in the very same building that Saddam had one?
In listening to the Senate testimony of Secretary Rumsfeld and General Myers yesterday, I must say I was not particularly impressed by what they had to say. Many investigations are currently underway into these matters which will hopefully bring the whole truth to light. It seemed that Rumsfeld was trying to make the entire scandal seem like it was the result of six low ranking members of the Army serving as prison guards at the Abu Ghraib prison - the whole "bad apple" notion. Certainly they should be held responsible for any illegal acts they carried out, despite their "I was just following orders" defense (all too familiar claims that seem like echoes from Vietnam and World War II). Despite this, however, it seems unlikely that what was going on at that prison, and perhaps at others, was not the result of influence from others up the chain of command. The loose adherence to Geneva Convention protocols in dealing with POWs as ordered by Bush and Rumsfeld seems to have had something to do with causing this scanal as well. The vast scope of this story and the media saturation that has resulted will hopefully ensure that the truth comes out, whatever that ultimately may be.