Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Why'd Obama switch on detainee photos? Maliki went ballistic
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two U.S. military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy.
In the days leading up to a May 28 deadline to release the photos in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, U.S. officials, led by Christopher Hill, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Maliki that the administration was preparing to release photos of suspected detainee abuse taken from 2003 to 2006.
When U.S. officials told Maliki, "he went pale in the face," said a U.S. military official, who along with others requested anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity.
The official said Maliki warned that releasing the photos would lead to more violence that could delay the scheduled U.S. withdrawal from cities by June 30 and that Iraqis wouldn't make a distinction between old and new photos. The public outrage and increase in violence could lead Iraqis to demand a referendum on the security agreement and refuse to permit U.S. forces to stay until the end of 2011.
Maliki said, "Baghdad will burn" if the photos are released, said a second U.S. military official.
A U.S. official who's knowledgeable about the photographs told McClatchy that at least two of them depict nudity; one is of a woman suggestively holding a broomstick; one shows a detainee with bruises but offered no explanation how he got them; and another is of hooded detainees with weapons pointed at their heads.
Why'd Obama switch on detainee photos? Maliki went ballistic | McClatchy
Well i guess i was wrong and violence would occur.
Additionally, Dear Leader has a strategic dilemma as well. Lt General Stanley McChrystal is the officer he and Defense Secretary Bob Gates have tapped to take over the ground effort in Afghanistan. McChrystal already has been linked to abuse charges in Iraq; the photos could put that issue center stage at the worst possible moment if McChrystal is to be successful in Afghanistan.
It may be justice to publish the photos; it very likely would not mean victorious exits from either Iraq or Afghanistan, but rather very bloody defeats. What price in American blood is justice (keeping in mind that the American casualties incurred would like not include the soldiers who committed the abuses depicted in the photographs)?
Graner and others claimed that they were just following orders. But they were interviewed by the investigative team led by Maj. General Antonio Taguba. The investigators looked these stupid thugs in the eye, observed their body language and demeanor, heard their tone of voice, and decided that when they claimed that they were just following orders, they were lying.
Criminal liability did not rise any higher in the chain of command than Graner, a sergeant. Non-criminal disciplinary action did not rise any higher than Brig. General Janis Karpinski, Graner's brigade commander. She was reduced in rank to colonel and her career in the Army was completely destroyed, much like all the officers in the chain of command between Karpinski and Graner.
This resolution exactly followed the recommendations made by Antonio Taguba, a man of honor whose conduct of the Abu Ghraib investigation was completely above reproach. Unless you think Taguba was lying, shut up. If you think he was lying, present your evidence.
We are all products of our environment. Barack Obama comes from the same environment that produced Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko and Richard J. Daley. Expecting Obama to clean up corruption in Washington is like picking a person who lived his entire adult life in a whorehouse, and claiming that he's a virgin.
Never had the privilege of meeting any "Specialist" personally what they do is a disgrace to every grunt who puts on the uniform. No honor. Kill your enemy. Don't toy with him.
Suppressed images don't show rape, official says | Salon News
Suppressed images don't show rape, official says
The Pentagon says no sexual abuse, no Abu Ghraib photos among those held back in ACLU suit.