posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 06:50 PM
Nor should Haditha be considered surprising, either. I'm pretty sure that down the road Dubya is going to replace Murphy, as in Murphy's Law wll
hence forward be referred to as Dubya's law.
Just about everything that could go wrong in Iraq has gone wrong. From the initial "decapitation strike" which failed to decapitate to the absence
of WMD's to the looting of Iraq's museums to the birth of an insurgency and creation of Iraq as a base for terrorism...Haditha, ladies and
gentleman, was just waiting to happen.
And maybe we got off easy. It could have been worse. Lt Calley took out what around three hundred civillians?
What I like best, though, is the way this Adminsitration keeps rolling out the blunders. One after another. It's like bowling for dollars without the
dollars. How many of you noticed the news on the third page earlier in the week?
"PENTAGON TO DROP BASIC GENEVA RULE
But State Department objects to removal of protection from degrading treatment
Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 5, 2006
Washington -- The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that bans "humiliating and degrading
treatment," according to military officials, a step that would mark a potentially permanent shift away from strict adherence to international human
The decision culminates a lengthy debate within the Department of Defense, but will not become final until the Pentagon makes new guidelines public, a
step that has been delayed.
However, the State Department fiercely opposes the military's decision to exclude Geneva Convention protections and has been pushing for the Pentagon
and White House to reconsider, Defense officials acknowledged.
For more than a year, the Pentagon has been redrawing policies on detainees and interrogation, and intends to issue a new Army Field Manual, which,
along with accompanying directives, represents core instructions to U.S. soldiers worldwide.
The process has been beset by debate and controversy, but the decision to omit Geneva Convention protections from a principal directive comes at a
time of growing worldwide criticism of U.S. detention practices and the conduct of American forces in Iraq."
Sure, that's what we want, in the wake of Haditha, that everyone should know that the United States of America is no longer interested in holding the