Monday, June 18, 2007

Taguba talks

When news of the appalling abuses at Abu Ghraib was first reported, the Pentagon assigned Major General Antonio Taguba to investigate. Taguba's investigation was thorough, and his report made clear his view that what had gone on was both illegal and immoral, and that those responsible deseved prosecution. For his pains, Taguba was sidelined, then forced to resign. Now, he's talking to Seymour Hersh, and the picture he paints of complicity and deceit by both the military and the Bush administration is not a pretty one. If the US took its claim to thoroughly investigate and prosecute torture seriously, then there's no doubt that Rumsfeld, Miller and Sanchez (as well as their various minions and footsoldiers) would all be in the dock for war crimes. Sadly, America applies its justice only to the weak...