Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Of all the missed opportunities since Baghdad fell, surely this is one of the most heartbreaking. Iraqi detainees might have been going home to their families and saying, as German POWs did so many decades ago, that these American soldiers are for real, that they treated us humanely -- that maybe they mean what they say about liberation, not occupation. Instead, the United States is reduced to pleading that it's not as bad as al Qaeda and obfuscating the reality that policies adopted in the White House helped lead to this breakdown of law and discipline.
The prison scandal and the administration's failed response haven't doomed those efforts, but they've lengthened the odds (our troops fighting the insurgents succesfully). They've given aid and comfort to the enemy.
Can I get an AMEN?