Friday, April 22, 2005

Top Officers in Abu Ghraib Case Cleared

The Army has cleared four top officers — including the three-star general who commanded all U.S. forces in Iraq — of all allegations of wrongdoing in connection with prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, officials said Friday.

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who became the senior commander in Iraq in June 2003, two months after the fall of Baghdad, had been faulted in earlier investigations for leadership lapses that may have contributed to prisoner abuse. He is the highest ranking officer to face official allegations of leadership failures in Iraq, but he has not been accused of criminal violations.

New Year's Eve 2004, I linked to a blog that reported all the big events of 2005 in advance. This particular turn of events wasn't on that list, but it could have been -- it was as predictable as Laura Bush's thorazine dosage and Dick Cheney's infarcts. Responsibility for shitstorms never, ever flows uphill.

We've come a long way -- from Whitewater to whitewash.


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