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BREAKING: Obama’s Abu Ghraib: The Stuff Hits the Fan

POSTED AT 1:00 PM ON MARCH 21, 2011 BY HOWARD PORTNOY


When the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2003, the mainstream media and liberal blogosphere couldn’t find enough column inches to express adequately their shock and revulsion. The New York Times alone published 56 stories on the hideous revelation that members of the U.S. Army Reserve had tortured prisoners of war and posed for “trophy pictures”—inexcusable acts that the Times placed squarely at the feet of then-president George W. Bush.

Nor could left-leaning sources conceal their delight when President-elect Barack Obama boldly proclaimed:

[U]nder my administration the United States does not torture. We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. We will uphold our highest ideals.

What a difference a president makes. Until you flash forward to today’s bombshell, dropped by the British newspaper The Guardian, noting that members of a self-styled U.S. Army “kill team” posed for photos not with tortured prisoners but with corpses. Of civilians. Whom they had killed.

The photos, Guardian reporter Jon Boone writes, were published in German news weekly Der Spiegel, noting that:

[s]enior officials at NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures … to the images of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-U.S. protests around the world.


Investigators at Der Spiegel unearthed approximately 4,000 photos and videos taken by the soldiers. The accompanying article in the magazine provides shocking details about the depraved, sadistic behavior of the men. In one alleged incident from last May, a mullah captured by the team is forced to kneel down in a ditch, where he is summarily executed. According to the article, the team later claimed to their superiors that the mullah had threatened them with a grenade and that they were acting in self-defense. This account still fails to explain why Gibbs reportedly severed one of the dead man’s fingers and removed one of his teeth, presumably as gruesome “souvenirs.”

The U.S. military has endeavored to keep the images out of the public eye, fearing it could touch off a new round of anti-American, anti-military sentiment in Afghanistan at a time when antipathy toward the U.S. is already running high. A spokesman for the military is quoted as having apologized for the images, which in his words depict “actions repugnant to the U.S. as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States.”

So far, the White House has released no statement regarding the images or accounts. Neither, surprisingly, has the New York Times.

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2011/03/21/breaking-obamas-abu-ghraib-the-stuff-hits-the-fan/


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Added: Mar-22-2011 Occurred On: Mar-21-2011
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  • Where is the media outrage? What about making our enemies hate us? What about impeaching the president? Where are the retching declarations of revulsion?

    True what the blog said: What a difference a president makes.

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  • Obama can ride in the C-130 with Qaddafi on their way to ICC for War Crimes hearing

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  • The hypocrisy reaches to the heavens

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  • Obama LIED and People Died!

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  • I heard it was a whole unit of soldiers doing these killings. Nasty stuff and I hope they pay, if found guilty of course

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  • They took pictures with a couple of dead bad guys, so what? There are a lot of inflammatory and unfounded words, but none of it provides any evidence to suggest that there is any merit to the accusations of murder.

    Now, if they are guilty of murder, they should be prosecuted to the fullest. And I still don't see anything linking a few bad apples to Obama, not in this case at least. I don't remember ever hearing Obama endorse the killing of "civilians" which is in stark contrast t More..

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    • well put, but logic doesnt penetrate the wooden heads of the right wing morons here on liveleak.
      if it's bad, and about the president, righties will believe it...especially if a comedian on fox says it.

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  • You'd be surprised how many troops have these types of photos- from suicide bomber remains, to people who were sniped. I can't speak for everybody, but if you're in that environment, things start to change, and not for the better.
    I remember as a child, my uncle from WW II had these types of pictures as well. Look at the crap that gets posted on here on LL!
    On the other hand, no American posted vids of people getting their heads sawn off while the victims were taunted.
    War porn.

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  • I believe Obama was not in power when the decision to go to war with Afghanistan (then later Iraq) was made.

    He just inherited them both.

    Before anyone quotes me, keep in mind I couldn't give a shit about whose left & whose right - they are both hilarious... more so the right.

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  • False equivalency,

    Abu Ghraib was not a few soldiers "going rogue" on their prisoners, it was a CIA-backed, administration-backed policy to obtain information.

    What the kill teams were doing in Afghanistan was not approved by their seniors. BIG DIFFERENCE

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  • I don't know if it's occurred to all you lefties n righties out there, but it doesn't look like the president's the one running the show.
    He's the front man, the talking head.
    As to who's running the show?
    Your guess is as good as mine.
    But it ain't the president, no matter which one they let you elect.

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  • Regardless.

    It's still Boooosh's fault.

    LOL!

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