If it is a prerequisite for victory in Iraq that we must win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, as well as the greater Arab world, then we’ve pretty much already lost the damn thing.
[...] Rumsfeld warned the committee that the worst was yet to come. He said he had looked at the full array of unedited photographs of the situation at Abu Ghraib for the first time Thursday night and found them “hard to believe.”
“There are other photos that depict incidents of physical violence towards prisoners, acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane,” he said. “… It’s going to get a good deal more terrible, I’m afraid.”
Rumsfeld did not describe the photos, but U.S. military officials told NBC News that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.” The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.
Now I understand why the administration has been groveling over this issue. It wasn’t the pictures we all have already seen that they were apologizing for, it was the pictures that we haven’t seen.
But we’ll see them soon enough. And so will the Arab world, Iraqis included.
It’s a damn good thing Hamill escaped when he did…