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5/20/2004

baltimoresun.com - Abu Ghraib understaffing noted by U.S. commander

Troop Shortages Contributed to Abuse at Abu Ghraib

Troop shortages "contributed to systemic failures at the prison. I think that's clear," Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. force in the Middle East, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Abizaid commented in response to a question from Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, who noted that Abu Ghraib had one-fifth the number of guards called for by Army policy.
The overall strategy of the invasion and occupation - handed down from the top of the Department of Defense - appears to have played a significant part in the abuse of detainees. The Baltimore Sun has "connected the dots," so to speak, between the administration's slap down of Gen. Shinseki and the catastrophic mismanagement of events on the ground.

 

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