Friday, May 14, 2004

Pot calling kettle...pot calling kettle

In a NY Times editorial today:

"They are cynically trying to use the images of Mr. Berg to wipe away the images of Abu Ghraib, turning the abhorrence for the murderers into an excuse for demonizing Arabs and Muslims, or for sanctioning their torture."

Now, I will reiterate again that I support the prosecution of anyone and everyone involved in the depraved and un-American activity at Abu Ghraib. It is inexcusable and beneath us. Frankly, it disgusts me.

But aren't the NY Times and other media outlets guilty of this same offense? They are using the Abu Ghraib photos in a cynical attempt to discredit the entire Iraq operation. They are taking the actions of a handful of soldiers and extrapolating it into a condemnation of everything we are doing there. Obviously, and as usual, the NY Times editorial board see what they want and ignore anything that would upset their delicate world view. Which isn't surprising seeing that Paul Krugman writes for them.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

You know what yanks my chain? People who drive recklessly with handicap plates. Something about the lack of turn signals and excessive speeds, combined with state-certified disability, really fries me. If you are handicapped, shouldn't you be extra careful? I am assuming that you have weak legs, or problematic vision or some condition that saps your strength. So why in God's name are you trying to drive like Tony Stewart?! I see someone flying down the highway doing 85 and weaving through traffic with that silly blue badge dangling off the rear-view mirror, and my brain locks because the information it is processing is so contradictory. Just had to get that off my chest.
Not the American Way

We've all seen the photos of the inexcusable actions of the American guards at Abu Ghraib. These actions are disgusting and beneath the honor and dignity of the American soldier and the American people. All those involved should be promptly prosecuted to the full extent of the military code.

I am confident that this will happen because everyone involved is trying to blame someone else. Officers are saying they never gave any orders. Enlisted men are saying they were just following orders. Neither of these excuses wash. Soldiers are obligated to refuse to follow an illegal order. Abuse of prisoners in any fashion is outlawed in the US military code. And it has been well established in American law, as far back as the early 19th century, that the excuse of "following orders" does not absolve a soldier of responsibility if those orders are illegal.

And I find it hard to believe that a bunch of guards systematically abused prisoners without a single officer ever knowing about it. That's crap. And not only the Army officers, but military intelligence as well. Abu Ghraib is a festering boil that needs to be lanced now. It insults the daily routine of our other soldiers over there who are trying to make Iraq a better place.

But what really stuns me is that Rumsfeld is getting off. I am no fan of his. I think he tried to prosecute this war on the cheap and as a result we are spinning our wheels in Iraq. But I can't believe that in the course of a year he never knew about this. And if he did, he decided, on his own, not to tell the President. Excuse me? Since when does the Sec. of Defense call the shots? He was obligated to tell Bush about this. The American people seem to be disenchanted with Don as well. For the first time since 9/11, a majority of American disapprove of Bush's performance. This coming after he TWICE defended Rumsfeld in public. Just my two cents George, but he doesn't deserve your loyalty. He's put you in a tight spot. Kick him out, prosecute the offenders of Abu Ghraib, and you'll come out of this in a strong spot.

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