General Antonio Taguba, a
Philipino-American and a Catholic, is the man who led the investigation
into the events at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. His efforts won him lost
friendships, the hostility of his fellow officers and superiors, and a
certainty that his career had hit a dead end. There was not-so-subtle
pressure to retire.
Like all good soldiers
General Taguba kept his opinions about the duplicity of Rumsfeld &
Co to himself while he remained in uniform. When he retired recently he
went public with his reservations about the honesty of the
administration’s stated ignorance of the situation in Iraq and his
doubts that the problem was- as the Official Version has it- a handful
of redneck enlisted men and women.
Taguba: "The President had to be aware of this." And he notes that
while Rumsfeld may have technically been telling the truth when he told
the investigation that he hadn’t seen the obscene photos from the
prison, he most certainly had read descriptions of them,
so his protestations of ignorance are disingenuous at best.
Seymour Hersh has written at length about General Taguba’s tale in the
most recent New Yorker in an article entitled The General’s Report.
General’s last words in the article: "…the fact is that we violated
the laws of land warfare in Abu Ghraib. We violated the tenets of the
Geneva Convention. We violated our own principles and we violated the
core of our military values. The stress of combat is not an excuse, and
I believe, even today, that those civilian and military leaders
responsible should be held accountable."
Strong words, from an honorable and courageous man.
generations will wonder how it came to pass that this nation was
highjacked by a criminal political cult while sedated by tales of Paris
Hilton, American Idol, and the NFL.
I am ever hopeful, but
even I fear it may be too late.