Friday, May 20, 2005

Oh, please

The cover of today's ever illustrious New York Post:


Front Page

The Post reported that the photos were released by "a source in the U.S. military who hoped the release of the pitiful pictures will deal a body blow to the lingering Iraqi insurgency."

A DoD spokesman responded to the photos stating that "These photos were taken in clear violation of DoD directives and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals."

Let's just set aside for the time being the bizarre notion that taking and releasing photos of Iraqis being humiliated will do anything except piss the insurgents off even more than they are already, if that's possible. Whoever did it must have missed the reaction to that piece in Newsweek about messing with the Koran, as well as that little dust-up about Abu Ghraib.

The Bushistas whitewash Abu Ghraib and pin the responsibility for institutionalized torture on a few underlings, they open a gulag down at Gitmo that they assert is outside the jurisdiction of every judicial panel on the planet, and cram Canadian and German citizens into private planes and buses for "additional questioning" in nations with well-earned reputations as being black holes for human rights. And now, all of a sudden, they're concerned that leaking a picture showing Saddam in his tighty whiteys might violate the Geneva Convention?

How precious. Fuck you, Rummy.

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