I’m beyond asking why this stuff doesn’t get covered in the press. It’s a completely rhetorical and cliche question. But, here we are again with another vindication of Bush administration folks from the wild-eyed, hysterical, and hopeful accusations made by Bush-haters.
James Schlesinger, former Pentagon chief and chair of the independent panel charged with investigating abuse of terrorists at Abu Ghraib came out with a report Tuesday. Here are the highlights of the Wall Street Journal piece:
- Of the 55,000 detainees in Iraq only 22 of the terrorists [my word, not OpinionJournal’s] were being interrogated
- Schlesinger says “The behavior of our troops is so much better than it was in WWII"
- Regarding the notorious Maryland National Guardsmen pictured in the infamous photographs, he says, "[they] were not part of authorized interrogations nor were they even directed at intelligence targets"
- He continues, "There is no evidence of a policy of abuse promulgated by senior officials or military authorities."
For me, the most significant point of this article, is the impact that this whole scandal has had on the intelligence gathering ability of interrogators in Iraq.
"We can't even use basic police interrogations tactics that they use in the States," a Marine officer is quoted as saying in a Journal news article yesterday by Greg Jaffe and David S. Cloud.
The zeal and carelessness fueling Bush-haters is resulting in putting folks in danger. I was incensed and offended by this whole thing as everyone else was, but this kind of stuff is just scorched-earth politics.
Don't wait for anyone to recant on this stuff. Most likely, they will just keep rolling grenades into the tent.