It. Just. Gets. Worse.

Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking,” the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was “a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher.”

See Ed Cone for pointers to more grisly stuff.

Of course, none of this in any way should be laid at the feet of our leaders, who consistently deplore torture in all forms. Indeed, the very concept of command responsibility, and especially 'buck stops here' theories of the Presidency, are anachronistic thinking ill-suited to the realities of modern governance in large organizations.

Where once we aspired to leadership of virtue, now we must learn to enjoy Virtual Leadership.

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4 Responses to It. Just. Gets. Worse.

  1. Pat says:

    The ‘buck stops here’ has been rendered ‘quaint’ by the current political environment.

  2. Sodomy? It’s the Supreme Court’s fault. If they hadn’t blessed consensual gay sex in Lawrence, this never would have happened.

  3. Dem says:

    Interesting insight into Bush, from someone who went to school with him at Yale. Garry Trudeau.

    Note the comment about attitude toward torture.

  4. Dave says:

    This seems to echo a story on msnbc in early May, one that curiously dissapeared from their site.

    U.S. military officials told NBC News that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.” The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.

    Unfogged and Brad DeLong mentioned this. This prompted me to post this entry, which linked to those sources:

    Coincidentally, I had titled that entry: “It just gets worse”

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