posted on May, 11 2004 @ 10:53 AM
THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS WERE TAKEN FROM AN EDITORIAL FOUND IN THE MAY 17 ISSUE OF "THE MILITARY TIMES".
'Indeed, the damage done to the U.S. military and the nation as a whole by the horrifying photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees at the
notorious prison is incalculable.'
'But the folks in the Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons.'
'There is no excuse for the behavior displayed by soldiers in the now-infamous pictures and an even more damning report by Army Maj. Gen. Antonio
Taguba. Every soldier involved should be ashamed.'
'But while responsibility begins with the six soldiers facing criminal charges, it extends all the way up the chain of command to the highest reaches
of the military hierarchy and
its civilian leadership.'
'Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, also shares in the shame. Myers asked “60 Minutes II” to hold off reporting news of the scandal
because it could put U.S. troops at risk. But when the report was aired, a week later, Myers still hadn’t read Taguba’s report, which had been
completed in March. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also failed to read the report until after the scandal broke in the media.'
'By then, of course, it was too late.'
'On the battlefield, Myers’ and Rumsfeld’s errors would be called a lack of situational awareness — a failure that amounts to professional
'To date, the Army has moved to court-martial the six soldiers suspected of abusing Iraqi detainees and has reprimanded six others.'
'Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who commanded the MP brigade that ran Abu Ghraib, has received a letter of admonishment and also faces possible
'That’s good, but not good enough.'
'This was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level. This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability here is
essential — even if that means relieving top leaders from duty in a time of war.'
— Military Times editorial, May 17 issue
Something tells me that one of these top leaders is Bush.