When US Soldiers Get Tortured.
While we're on Iraq and Rove-generated reality, it's worth mentioning a harsh reality that's making news today:
Two U.S. soldiers missing since an attack on a checkpoint last week have been found dead near a power plant in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials, and Iraqi officials say the soldiers had been tortured.There are some untidy consequences to the arrogance of power. The Bush administration, keen to exploit the dubious leeway of "American exceptionalism," have flipped the bird to the rest of the world. While our juvenile "screw you" to France isn't likely to bite us, flouting international norms on torture have. In his overindulged, hyper-privileged mind, Bush may have imagined that his rights to detain and torture were singular, but as today's very grim news shows, he has no enforcement over this sole power.
It's impossible to say if these two kids would have been tortured had there been no Abu Ghraib. One thing is certain, though: the terrorists who tortured these two kids wouldn't have been able to use Abu Ghraib as a justification. Moral equivalency's a bitch.