May 16, 2004

The evil of the banal

(Reb Yudel)
Read Semour Hersh's latest, The Gray Zone, for yourself.
The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rumsfeld's decision embittered the American intelligence community, damaged the effectiveness of Úlite combat units, and hurt America's prospects in the war on terror.
Oh, and if you're worried whether the Pentagon's denials should be taken seriously, has a very careful parsing of the denial... or should we say, the non-denial denial?