WILL ABU GHRAIB BE EXCUSED AWAY? It is interesting to me that Lynndie England's own plea of guilty to photographed, well-publicized prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was thrown out by a military judge today. Apparently the millions of us who viewed these pictures of abuse--in which England and others were obviously making sport of naked Iraqi and insurgent detainees--were just not seeing what was really going on. Apparently, we naive civilians don't know military standard operating procedures when we see them.
INTEGRITY VS EXCUSES. To this point, after numerous trials and investigations, little has come of this scandalous scar on America. Real soldiers, it seems, would be demanding that the military's integrity be restored and upheld. But it is beginning to appear that, after all is said and done, the abuses at Abu Ghraib may be all but excused away. I hope this is not so.