Picture’s worth a thousand words and all that. Depending on the pic, it can also be worth a ton of lives. You’ve got to love the ACLU for suing for the release of photos of detainees from other facilities thoughout the world in an effort to prove that detainee abuse was a widespread problem throughout the Armed Forces. On a certain level, I admire blind devotion to ridiculous ideals. Makes me wish I could be a simpleton who believed everything I was told. After all, you can get so much more oxygen to your pea-sized brain when you breathe through your mouth.
So, the President makes the right call and refuses to declassify the photos. Excellent manuever. Good to see that the vocal minority doesn’t completely pull the strings of government.
I’m sure the mainstream media was completely out of sorts on this one though. They’ve been deprived of what was sure to be a juicy story. Probably two. They could run one line of stories on the atrocious behavior in detainee camps. Folks made to stand up???? The horror of it all. Plus, they’d get to run another line of stories on how Afghanistan is failing by pointing to an increase in violence that they would conveniently forget to correlate to the release of said photos.
What to do, what to do?
I’ve got it, re-run the Abu Ghraib photos!!!! Complete with an eye-witness story of one of the prisoners!!!
He says he was kept naked and saw other naked inmates stacked onto a pile while photos were taken, photos that would become public and bring shame to the United States.
The pain of the past few years is clearly etched on the man’s face and equally obvious as he talks. It began October 1, 2003, he says, when U.S. troops came to his home and detained him during a sweep of his neighborhood.
The next day, he was processed and put into Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
“They made us take off all our clothes, even our underwear,” recalled the man who is afraid to reveal his identity, instead offering up the alias of Abu Ahmed
What is the point of running this story? You didn’t get the juicy new tale, so let’s milk this one for every. single.last.drop.
I couldn’t give a flying monkey crap about the pain Abu McAssHat felt by having to hang out naked.
I do give a crap about the fact that running stories like this does nothing for the dialogue on how we’ve fixed our mistakes, dredges up bad feelings in the Arabic community, and serves no purpose other than to satisfy the media’s morbid fascination with running stories that denounce our own troops and country in the name of “journalistic integrity.”