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18 June 2007

Sy Hersh, "The General's Report," The New Yorker

Another instant classic by Hersh; another peek inside an utterly depraved administration. The general in question is Maj. Gen. Taguba of the Taguba report on Abu Ghraib. The reaction by his superiors, who literally prevented themselves from being investigated, is chilling. The "bad apples" own the barrel.

Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, et al, need to be arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced. I hope the Center for Constitutional Rights keeps at it -- they have tried to bring charges in Germany, which has international jurisdiction. It got thrown out, but the UN is now involved.

The precedent being set by the Democrats in not impeaching Bush and Cheney will come back to haunt us: they, too, are impeachable and convictable about 100 times over. As Robert Parry has shown in detail in Secrecy and Privilege, the failure of the Democrats to follow through on the Iran-Contra and Iraqgate scandals when they took power in '92 has led to the even worse disasters of the Bush years.

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