KA-BOOM! The Other Shoe Has DroppedThree things:
1. The Washington Post now reports that the order to abuse prisoners in Iraq came from none other than Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez. For those who don't know, he's the top general in Iraq. The Bush administration is once again caught in a bald-faced lie.
2. They mention (frighteningly casually) that in ordering the use of "military dogs, temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns, sensory deprivation, and diets of bread and water on detainees whenever they wished," according to government documents obtained by the Post, Sanchez was "borrowing heavily from techniques used at Guantanamo Bay.
3. "A few bad apples" will go down in history as the Bush administration equivalent to "I am not a crook."
Sanchez will almost certainly resign over this, but the bottom line here is this:
a. It is inconceivable that US DoD officials, at the very least Rummy, did not know about this. Absolutely impossible.
b. That being the case, they have known about this for months and can now fairly be accused of attempting to cover-up. Turns out the "bad apples" have names: Sanchez. Bremer. Wolfowitz. Feith. Rummy. Rice. Powell. Cheney. Bush.
c. The lawyers who were recently found twister-ing the United States into a position where absolute authority rests with the President in recently-uncovered memos must now accept that absolute blame and responsibility also rests with him.
d. I don't care if the election is less than six months away. Impeachment proceedings should begin immediately.