Friday, January 13, 2012

Abu Ghraib Again?

So, will the reports and video of US soldiers urinating on three dead Taliban fighters provoke the same national and global firestorm as did the behavior of US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq several years ago?

Not likely. This outrage occurred on President Obama's watch. Hence, the American Left's response will be muted, if, that is, we hear anything from them at all.

In any event, you can be sure the elite media will strive for balanced reporting, regularly pointing out that this kind of behavior is neither US policy, nor implicitly condoned by the authorities, and that the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

You know, everything they didn't do during the Bush Administration.


  1. Unfortunately the media won’t have to be outraged, all they will have to do is report the outrage expressed by administration officials. I have been amazed at how quickly these folks are falling all over themselves to denounce these actions not to mention the language they are using to do so. What are we so afraid of? Never thought I would say it but the most measured response I have seen is Secretary Clinton’s, something to the affect that these actions “are not consistent with our values.” Apparently Leon Panetta’s concern is that it may negatively impact peace talks with the Taliban, “peace talks”….are we serious? Does anyone really think that we can have peace with these crazies? While I agree that this is unfortunate I would also assume that it is not the norm there. Appropriate action should be taken to hold these folks accountable but not because it may jeopardize peace talks or even offend the radical crazies. We should hold them accountable because they are, as Clinton points out, “inconsistent with American values.” I am curious if we have ever spent any time talking about what would be inconsistent with the values of the Taliban? As far as I can tell, nothing is out of bounds with these folks. No one asked for my opinion as to how to deal with the Taliban but if they do I have once simple answer…..piss on them.

  2. Very well said M, but, as you doubtless already know, you're just pissing in the wind.

    That was bad...but I couldn't resist.