Because i am such a major nerd and am in love with my single journalism class, i have subscribed to all manner of news services, including ABC’s daily Nightline email, which just passed along this article. I’m sure the story is all over by now, but i’m too busy working on my project to know. I simply find it ironic because the United States Army is so completely oblivious to the Geneva Conventions that we are so quick to invoke whenever any of our soldiers are captured.
Lawmakers Say New Abuse Photos Even Worse – The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops went beyond the photos seen by most Americans, shaken lawmakers said Wednesday after viewing fresh pictures and video that they said depicted forced sex, brutality and dogs snarling at cowed prisoners….
Even in such a grim article, there is one amusing passage…
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said he thought “some people are overreacting. The people who are against the war are using this to their political ends,” he said.
Further GOP reaction via CNN. Personally, I can’t think of a way to use this to criticize Bush or the war effort … it’s more about a problem with the way we recruit, screen, and train our soldiers. More importantly, i don’t think there’s a way to overreact to violating the Geneva Conventions. If our armed forces wantonly do what they’re doing, then we are in no position to complain when one of our citizens is captured and brutally slaughtered.