Thursday :: May 20, 2004

As We Unite Iraqis Against Us, White House Credibility Falls Over Abuse Scandal


by Steve

It is amazing that in our management of the post-war occupation of Iraq that we have managed to improve the popularity of Moqtada al-Sadr while hanging out to dry our military commanders on the ground over the prison abuse scandal. After the Pentagon tried the spin last week that interrogation measures used at Abu Ghraib were approved by commanders in the theater of operations, in congressional testimony yesterday it was argued that the abuses came about because of a lack of clear guidance from the military. The Washington Post’s editorial board, which of late has been quite willing to place responsibility at George W. Bush’s door, lays out the problem today by pointing to the disastrous consequences of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales’ memo arguing the irrelevance of the Geneva Conventions in Afghanistan, and then a conscious decision by the White House to extend those rules erroneously to Iraqi civilians. And contrary to the assertions of the White House and its GOP lackeys in the House, the problems weren’t isolated to a few bad apples but actually stemmed from directives from military intelligence, led of course by none other than Rummy’s Stephen Cambone.

But at least George W. Bush has managed to prove his claim that he is a uniter, not a divider. Unfortunately, of Iraqis against us, that is. According to a poll to be released next week, nine-tenths of those polled in Iraq see us as occupiers, not liberators. And contrary to the comments of GOP supporters here and elsewhere, we have managed to increase the support for al-Sadr: over two-thirds of those polled somewhat or strongly support him now, and over half of those polled want us to leave immediately. The worst part about this? This poll was taken before the prison abuse scandal came to light.

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