there a reason Bush did not apologize for the torture at Abu Ghraib?
Scott McClellan dutifully answered this question after Bush went on
Arab television -- an event that only angered Iraqis even more, if
such is possible. McClellan said his boss is "deeply sorry for what
occurred and the pain that it has caused," but explained Bush did
not apologize because neither Dubai-based al-Arabiya television nor
US-based and funded al-Hurra had asked him to do so.
In short, the thought never crossed Bush's mind. Besides, he's the
president -- and presidents don't have to apologize.
George Bush -- former drunk and frat boy who, as a child, liked to
blow up frogs with firecrackers, and who, as governor of Texas,
mocked the pathetic plea of a death row inmate -- does not have to
apologize to anybody, least of all a few million Arabs.
Meanwhile, British legislator and envoy Ann Clwyd has discovered
even more unpleasantness on the part of US soldiers in Iraq. It
appears our heroic and freedom-loving boys strapped a harness on a
70 year old Iraqi woman and
rode her around Abu Ghraib like a beast of burden. "She was held
for about six weeks without charge," Clwyd told the Evening
Standard. "During that time she was insulted and told she was a
donkey. A harness was put on her, and an American rode on her back."
Instead of taking the heat for these acts of brutality against the
untermenschen of Iraq -- as a British soldier characterized the
attitude of many US soldiers toward Iraqis -- Bush may sacrifice
According to Reuters, some senior administration officials think
Rumsfeld may lose his job over the Abu Ghraib tortures. Naturally,
nobody is actually calling for Rummy to fall on his sword, not yet
anyway. "He'll be in the hot seat, there's no doubt about it," an
aide said. "You rarely see people on both sides of the aisle this
intense." I guess the last time we saw both sides -- or is it now
one side? -- this intense was right before they decided to "shock
and awe" the citizens or Iraq for something Saddam either did or did
not do -- or was about to do or had no intention of doing -- with
weapons Reagan sold him with a little help from that veritable
salesman, Donald Rumsfeld.
Kerry wasted little time kicking Bush in the short pants. "The world
needs to hear from the president that the United States of America
regrets any kind of abuse of this kind or any kind of effort like
this because we have to show the world we are willing to correct our
own mistakes," said Kerry.
Never mind that Kerry engaged in more than a little abuse of his own
during the Vietnam war -- standard atrocities and crimes against
humanity like burning down villages and shooting civilians, war
crimes Kerry admitted participating in before Congress back in 1971.
But then that's the kind of stuff president's are made of these days
-- or would be made of if they had not skirted "service" (i.e.,
partaking in generalized slaughter of Asians and other third world
untermenschen) in Vietnam. Instead, Bush had himself one hell of a
long lost weekend.
Is it possible Bush damaged a few brain cells during his days of
boozing (admitted) and doping (denied)? It would seem his memory is
shot. For instance, Bush claims he didn't know anything about the
torture at Abu Ghraib. "First time I saw or heard about pictures was
on TV," he told the Arab world via al-Arabiya and al-Hurra, the
latter being the official propaganda outlet for the Bushites in
For some reason this did not jive with General Pete Pace, deputy
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told CBS, "everyone was
kept apprised orally of the ongoing investigation" launched after a
guilt-ridden soldier at Abu Ghraib spilled the beans on January 13.
"The fact that the paperwork did not get to Washington, DC, did not
mean that the information did not; in fact, it did," Pace declared.
Either Bush is suffering from mental illness -- a common malady
experienced by alcoholics, both reformed and active -- or he is
lying again, the same way he lied America into killing more than
10,000 Iraqis, Dubya's contribution to the pre-meditated mass murder
of his father and Clinton, who combined killed around a million
people all told, give or take a few hundred thousand. But then, as
Tommy Franks said, we don't do body counts, so get over it.
Instead of Bush's apologizing to the Iraqis for torturing their sons
and fathers in Abu Ghraib -- and as we now understand, more than a
few sisters, mothers, and grandmothers, at least one of the latter
made to imitate a donkey for the perverted amusement of the brave
American liberators of Iraq -- he trotted out Brig. Gen. Mark
Kimmitt, the top US military spokesman in Iraq, and Maj. Gen.
Geoffrey Miller, the commander in charge of detainee operations.
Both "profusely apologized on Arabic television," according to Fred
Kaplan. "It seems the president is allergic not just to the words
but to the concept of responsibility that underlies them. To
apologize would be to admit he'd made a mistake. And mistakes are
forbidden in the Bush White House."
But actually it is worse.
Bush and his coterie of murderous neocons believe there is no reason
to apologize -- in fact they believe the CIA, the private mercenary
corporations contracted to torture and humiliate, and the sadistic
MPs inside Abu Ghraib did nothing wrong. For the Bush neocons in the
Pentagon and nestled deep within "influential" foundations around
Washington -- PNAC, AEI, JINSA, you know the rabble -- torture and
mass murder is perfectly normal in the generational war they have
planned against Islam and the Arabs of the Middle East. If they have
their way -- and if Bush is re-appointed (or even if Kerry is) --
there will be multiple Abu Ghraibs scattered across Syria, Iran,
Lebanon, Palestine, and anywhere else the demented Zionist neocons
and their whacked Christian Zionist collaborators deem necessary.
Pre-emptive war means you never have to say you're sorry.
Nimmo is a
photographer, multimedia artist and writer living in New Mexico. He
is author of
Another Day in the Empire: Life in Neoconservative America
(Dandelion Books, 2003). To see his photo work and read more of his
essays, visit his excellent “Another
Day in the Empire” weblog.
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