the prison abuse scandal: the buck stops…where?!

Yes­ter­day I recieved a notice from Moveon.org that recent find­ings clear­ly indi­cate that the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse ulti­mate­ly rests with Rums­feld, not with a few iso­lat­ed sol­diers. Rums­feld put into place a pol­i­cy that “encour­aged phys­i­cal coer­cion and sex­u­al humil­i­a­tion of Iraqi pris­on­ers in an effort to gen­er­ate more intel­li­gence about the grow­ing insur­gency in Iraq”. Moveon.org urges us to call our Sen­a­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and urge them to FIRE Rumsfeld…you can read the details of this sto­ry here.

p.s. I prob­a­bly won’t make the call…strangely enough, I don’t feel as if I know enough about pol­i­tics to make a case for much of any­thing. It takes alot for me to even write these polit­i­cal­ly-relat­ed posts. My inter­est in pol­i­tics has been rather recent — ever since the war (it REALLY angered me). Before that I just felt rather jad­ed about politics…that it was ulti­mate­ly so cor­rupt that I could nev­er make any dif­fer­ence any­way. I am now of the opin­ion that, even if that’s the case, I have a respon­bil­i­ty to try. But, it’s dif­fi­cult for me because it’s a strug­gle to get all of the rel­e­vant news — I nev­er feel as if I know enough about the issues and, fur­ther­more, I nev­er know what news sources to trust. Its a frus­trat­ing — and poten­tial­ly par­a­lyz­ing — posi­tion to be in.

3 thoughts on “the prison abuse scandal: the buck stops…where?!”

  1. isn’t moveon the site ded­i­cat­ed to get­ting rid of Bush? I’m no bushie, but them say­ing that the blame resolves com­plete­ly upon rums­feld hard­ly sur­pris­es me. This whole Abu Ghraib thing is so sad, I don’t know what to say, except that I defi­nate­ly agree with you that we all have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to care about pol­i­tics, even if it seems like an over­whelm­ing and unprof­itable task.

  2. isn’t moveon the site ded­i­cat­ed to get­ting rid of Bush? I’m no bushie, but them say­ing that the blame resolves com­plete­ly upon rums­feld hard­ly sur­pris­es me. This whole Abu Ghraib thing is so sad, I don’t know what to say, except that I defi­nate­ly agree with you that we all have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to care about pol­i­tics, even if it seems like an over­whelm­ing and unprof­itable task.

  3. isn’t moveon the site ded­i­cat­ed to get­ting rid of Bush? I’m no bushie, but them say­ing that the blame resolves com­plete­ly upon rums­feld hard­ly sur­pris­es me. This whole Abu Ghraib thing is so sad, I don’t know what to say, except that I defi­nate­ly agree with you that we all have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to care about pol­i­tics, even if it seems like an over­whelm­ing and unprof­itable task.

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