Jun 07, 2004
Digby finds us a new campaign slogan:’‘It’s quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this,’’ Rumsfeld said at an international security conference.
Consider this added to the list.
Thanks to Wa Po as well, who seem to have fallen off the bandwagon for good:
THE ONLY WAY to staunch the continuing damage of the prisoner abuse scandal is for the Bush administration to fully document and publicly report on the dozens of cases of homicide and physical abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan, prosecute all those directly responsible, and hold accountable the senior military and civilian officers whose decisions and policies led to the lawlessness. President Bush should meanwhile rewrite prisoner interrogation policies so that they conform to U.S. and international law and should publish the revised procedures so that Americans, and the world, can be assured of their propriety.
For now, there is little reason to hope for such essential corrective actions. On the contrary: There is disturbing evidence that senior U.S. military commanders ignored or covered up serious crimes against prisoners, including homicides, until the disclosure of shocking photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison forced them to act, and that even now the Pentagon’s intent is to restrict charges to a small number of mostly low-ranking soldiers and resist all scrutiny of senior commanders and policies. Mr. Bush, for his part, continues to damage his credibility and America’s global prestige by insisting that the trouble concerns only a handful of soldiers at one prison in Iraq—though more than 100 cases of misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan have now been reported—and to ignore the need to correct his policies.
...Since the administration is unwilling to undertake such a review, Congress must act. Under the leadership of Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), the Senate Armed Services Committee has made a start at this, and Mr. Warner has promised more public hearings. But a means is needed to draw conclusions, hold officials accountable and take corrective action—including the rewriting and disclosure of interrogation policies. Even as the committee’s probe continues, Mr. Warner and other congressional leaders should consider how those tasks can be accomplished.
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