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5/17/2004

The prouder moments at Abu Ghraib

Soldiers from the 229th Military Police Company want to tell people about the positive side of their work at the prison.

The 229th Military Police Company, one of the military units tainted by the Abu Ghraib scandal, is not uniquely lacking in moral fiber. Its own soldiers reported the abuse by their fellow members, and were quoted at length in the Taguba report. Blaming the troops on the ground gets us nowhere. The fault here must be laid at the feet of those with the power to fix things, the lowest cost avoiders.

In this case, that is the highest echelons of military intelligence, particularly General Boykin, and the civilian leadership. It looks like Rumsfeld has weathered the assault on his Secretaryship, but his resolute failure to learn from, or even acknowledge, his faults (learned from his figurehead?) dooms us to continued ineptitude and worse.

 

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