Thursday, May 06, 2004

I was on the phone with my mom last night, and she said, "I feel ashamed to be an American." I couldn't have said it better myself. More than 500 of our soldiers have died in Iraq, while every credible person agrees that we were in no danger from Saddam Hussein, or that Iraq was in any way involved in 9/11. But no apologies from the administration, no admission of error, and no claiming of responsibility. A CIA operative is outed for purely political purposes, hurting our national security and, quite possibly, world stability. No apology. No responsibility. The deficit is through the roof. No apology. No responsibility. Our alliances around the world trashed. Thousands detained on no basis but the word of the administration that they are a threat, and no oversight into their treatment. No apology. Nobody loses their job. Nobody takes responsibility.

And now they've turned our young men and women into torturers. The response? Bush "hasn't read the report." Rumsfeld "hasn't read the report." The supervisor of the prison? "It wasn't my responsibility." And what does the administration actually do? They put Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller in charge of the Iraq prisons. Miller, in case you don't know, ran the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay and in September wrote a report on Abu Ghraib that recommended "Gitmo-izing" it, which included blurring the line between jailers and interrogators. Many people think Miller's report was a big factor in things getting as bad as they did at Abu Ghraib, and there have been allegations of similar abuse at Gitmo. No pictures, though, which I guess is what counts as success in this administration.

I see in the news now that Miller has apologized to Iraqis "for the small number of soldiers who committed illegal or unauthorized acts". That's a good start. Now can we please have an apology from the Commander in Chief for creating an environment in which responsibility is something to be ducked, not taken?

Update: It's been brought to my attention that I am a no-good, dirty rotten, blog-post-stealing fiance for not properly crediting Christie as the person who first told me about Miller having written the September report.