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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
 
Remember Abu Ghraib?
There are several military trials of low-ranking soldiers going on right now in California. At one level, we might believe that this indicates that the Military is sincere in getting to the bottom of this horribly damaging scandal. At another level, we wonder why those further up the chain of command are not being pursued and punished. It's obvious that these kids from West Virginia didn't make up all of these torture and abuse methods on their own.

The Army regional forensic pathologist for Europe, Colonel Kathleen Ingwersen, has been a witness in most of these scapegoat trials. She was responsible for the autopsies on many of the dead Afghan and Iraqi prisoners. She has testified that in many cases, these prisoners died violently.

She also happens to be the sister of a family friend. Through this contact I indirectly learned that Colonel Igwersen was expected to promote to General early this spring. Guess what?

Not any more.

Of course, this probably has nothing at all to do with her testimony. After all, the Bush Administration just wants to get to the bottom of all of this and prevent it from happening again. Retaliation against principled military Officers wouldn't be right.

Right?
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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