COL (ret) Janis Karpinski is speaking out against the Obama Administration’s decision to not release more pictures of possible detainee abuse, as has been filed for by the perennial keepers of national security, the ACLU. You may remember her as Brigadier General Karpinski, she in charge of Abu Ghraib.
About-face! President Obama’s reversal of his administration’s decision to release more photographs of prisoner abuse is disappointing and infuriating.
It is sad and tragic. The reversal will absolutely stir up more controversy than release of the photographs, causing an outpouring of rampant speculation — What is the government hiding? Who are the people in the photographs? How awful can these new photos be? And worse.
My first question is, why are you speaking about this? (Other than the obvious need to shill for the nice paperweights available from Amazon.com)
Second is, how can you have served at the Flag level in theater and make statements like this?
They say they fear the outrage from the insurgency if the photographs are released. But is the outrage they most fear the outrage from Americans and people around the world as more details of the intentional lies and deception are revealed?
The warnings of likely reactions to these photographs possibly endangering the safety of soldiers and civilians in the combat zones strike a loud chord of fear. The wars are not going well. The military commanders know the wars are not going well. No secret there. To release or not release becomes a diversion from the main issue about the military missions.
The president surely does not want to increase the risk to soldiers, but hey, soldiers are in jeopardy every day in Iraq and Afghanistan with or without the photographs.
To make this statement shows a complete lack of awareness of the situation on the ground and the factors that affect it. The operating environment extends beyond the physical barriers of the immediate vicinity. Photographs that enrage the impressionable youth of a cultural population stand to create more fighters in the name of the jihad. If you don’t think an increase in the available resource known as “bodies” isn’t a threat to the on-going conflict, you have no clue what is going on.
Of course, I suspect having no clue is not a situation COL Karpinski is entirely unfamiliar with.
The reality of the situation is this: COL Karpinski doesn’t want the photos released in the name of transparency. She doesn’t want them released in the name of holding those responsible accountable.
She wants them released to clear her own name.
How can more photos hold such explosive risk? Are the most damning pieces of information the date stamps on the photographs or the locations of the abuses? Or are the commanders simply anxious because people will be able to connect more dots and finally realize prisoner abuse was far more than “seven bad apples” and occurred long before there was a war in Iraq — perhaps in areas of responsibility under their command.
Easy there Colonel, your slip is showing.
More importantly, your self-serving attitude is showing and your need for vindication is causing you to put the lives of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines at risk. All so you can point fingers and say “SEE?!?! It wasn’t my fault!” You should go sit with General Sanchez and compare notes on how your books point the finger everywhere else but at yourselves.
Just speak in hushed tones, because the rest of us don’t want to hear your crap.