Saturday :: May 21, 2005

It's a bad barrel, not a bad apple


by Duckman GR

We see that Hamid Karzai is shocked by recent allegations of torture at the Bagram Air Force base.

Earlier, of course, bush was shocked that there were allegations of torture at Abu Ghraib Prison. And Guantanamo, Cuba.

Cue the violins.

The only shock of any of these crimes would be that a bunch of bad actors were responsible for these actions. Maybe, just maybe, if it were one case of a limited nature in one location.

But that isn't the case at all. Talk Left has a post talking about the culpability of top brass regarding the Bagram torture and murder, and of course we know all about the responsibility for the torture at Abu Ghraib, right, and the accountability the brass has there, right?

The Army announced that it demoted Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, whose Army Reserve unit was in charge of the prison compound during the period of abuse. Dropping her in rank to colonel required approval from President Bush, and officials said that he granted it on Thursday.

The Army also said it cleared three other, more senior generals of wrongdoing in the prisoner abuse cases, actions that had been previously reported but not publicly confirmed by the Army.

People don't just do whatever they feel like in the military. They do what they're told to do. That's the whole point of Basic Training, to break you down so that you can be rebuilt in the image of the military. They got a book for it, fer cripes sake!

Somebody is running these operations, and they aren't doing it for the thrills. So, to what purpose then?

To prove a point? To terrorize the natives? To take an eye for an eye? Because we have no clue what we're doing, because we have idealogues calling the shots? And Corporate Opportunists with profit driven goals implementing so much of the policy?

That, to me, is the biggest crime, that Corporations are running so much of the show, with no accountabiltiy, no responsiblity, to the nation and the people of the nation. It's highlighted time and time again, the danger these people pose to our Democracy. It's the fundamental difference between the Democrats and the republicans.

They want to let business have free reign, and assume that we will all benefit from their pursuit of corporate goals.

We, Democrats, want people to have free reign, and help them achieve their full benefits, recognizing that they have to do it while respecting other like minded people.

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