Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Scapegoat or Affirmative Action Success Story?

This is just amazing. You don't normally get to see this kind of career suicide up close and personal like this. She's admitting that either she a) followed illegal orders, or b) is completely and utterly incompetent as to what happens under her command.

LONDON - The American general who was in charge of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison claimed she was being made a scapegoat for the abuse of detainees, and said her successor once told her that prisoners should be treated "like dogs." A spokesman for Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, accused of making the "like dogs" remark, categorically denied the charge.

In an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio broadcast Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski said Miller told her last autumn that prisoners "are like dogs, and if you allow them to believe at any point that they are more than a dog then you've lost control of them."

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Karpinski said was unaware until November that the International Committee of the Red Cross had visited the jail and expressed concerns about detainees' treatment to U.S. officials. She said she did not see the abuse photos — believed to have been taken late last year — until late January.

"I didn't know in September, I didn't know in October, I didn't know ever" about any abuse, she said.
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This is also what a burning bridge looks like.

Maybe affirmative action success story is too strong - how about just a strong argument for re-ordering how the reservists are assigned.


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