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Iraq abuse 'ordered from the top'

Looks like General Karpinski isn't going to just go away and be a good little scapegoat. She actually spoke to "BBC News":http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3806713.stm and spilled some fun little details.

She claims that she was ordered to treat the prisoners like dogs. Nice, eh?

This still doesn't take away any of her responsibility. The buck doesn't get passed along so easily in the Army. I'm ashamed to be a veteran associated with people who let these kinds of things happen, no matter how proud of my service I may be otherwise.

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visgoth
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
It doesn't change the fact that she is, by custom and regulation, responsible for the actions of the soldiers under her command. Blame may extend higher than her, but it does not skip her.
andysocial
Jun. 15th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course. The good general was derelict in her duty. It is a well-known part of military life that illegal orders must not be obeyed. None of this, "I was just following orders" crap will be allowed. But still, you wonder how many people knew, and if this whole thing really was a covert policy. If so, our government has broken its trust with the citizenry.
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