BUSH'S LIES EXPOSED. The Washington Post nails it in an editorial yesterday:
President Bush's persistence in describing the abuse of foreign prisoners as an isolated problem at one Iraqi prison is blatantly at odds with the facts seeping out from his administration. These include mounting reports of crimes at detention facilities across Iraq and Afghanistan and evidence that detention policies the president approved helped set the stage for torture and homicide. Yes, homicide: The most glaring omission from the president's account is that at least 37 people have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan - and that at least 10 of these cases are suspected criminal killings of detainees by U.S. interrogators or soldiers.
Let's return for a moment to Bush's speech of last Monday night:
Under the dictator, prisons like Abu Ghraib were symbols of death and torture. That same prison became a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonored our country and disregarded our values.
Try as Bush might, he can't blame it all on Charles Graney and Lynndie England. We know too much already. We're going to know a lot more in the very near future.
CORRECTION OF THE WEEK. If not the month. From today's Boston Globe (not online yet):
Because of a reporting error, Dr. Arleigh Dygert Richardson III, former teacher at Lawrence Academy in Groton, was described in his obituary yesterday as favoring tacky pants with tweed jackets and Oxford shirts. Dr. Richardson favored khaki pants.