Abu Ghraib abuses run counter to U.S. stance

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it is as simple as what Winston Churchill said as long ago as 1946: “War was once glorious and squalid. Now it is just squalid.” The sentencing phase for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who became something of a poster girl for purposeful humiliation at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, could be […]

Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Handing over Iraq best step toward freeing country

Freedom Newspapers In Monday’s speech on Iraq at the U.S. Army War College, we saw a get-down-to-business President Bush. Mostly gone was his previous rhetoric about using Iraq to expand freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East. He mapped out a nuts-and-bolts vision of what he wants to do to bring freedom and representative government […]

Abuse no reason for Rumsfeld resignation

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Sometimes a rainbow is reflected in a drop of rain — and sometimes it’s just a muddy mess. The episode at Abu Ghraib certainly revealed the depravity of a few American military personnel. But the reaction to it has revealed character, as well. On the muddy mess front, there is, of […]

Abu Ghraib blame game must stop, access must open

Editorial President Bush’s speech Monday at the Pentagon was another attempt by him and his administration to still the bad publicity swirling around the photographs and reports of inhumane treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Of embattled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the president said, “You are a strong secretary of defense […]