Bob's Links and Rants

Welcome to my rants page! You can contact me by e-mail: Blog roll. Site feed.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Karpinski Points Finger at Rumsfeld and Israel

Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, recently suspended from her duties as commanding officer of the 800th MP Brigade due to the Abu Ghraib atrocities, says that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld explicitly authorized several harsh torture methods for use at Abu Ghraib. She also says that she met an Israeli who was involved in interrogating prisoners, something Israel denies.

Since Karpinski apparently had no clue as to what the soldiers in her command were doing (or worse, that she did and didn't stop it), and is now being disciplined, it seems prudent to take what she says now as potentially self-serving and not necessarily true. However, nothing that I know about Rummy suggests that he wouldn't give such orders. I can also easily imagine Bush suggesting at a cabinet meeting that maybe it'd be a good idea to use Israelis to interrogate prisoners, with none of the sycophants in his cabinet pointing out the many reasons why it wasn't a good idea.