The two top defense officials in the government are sufficiently disinterested in the prison abuse allegations coming out of Iraq to read the report commissioned by the General in charge of operations in Iraq? That’s just wrong, and the administration is dropping the ball on this in a big way.
From The Seattle Times:
The New Yorker magazine reported over the weekend it had obtained a 53-page confidential Army report by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba on prisoner abuses.
The report also concluded that two men identified as civilian contract employees were among those who “were either directly or indirectly responsible for the abuse at Abu Ghraib.”
While the Pentagon said the military has opened five investigations on the abuse, it acknowledged Rumsfeld has not read Taguba’s report, which was completed in March and approved in April.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also came under fire yesterday from Democratic legislators for saying he had not read the Army report.
“This is an unacceptable response. … It’s not the level of concern the American people would expect of their military commanders for this type of conduct,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, said on the Senate floor.Myers performance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos was pathetic. How can you assert that the problem is isolated, then in the next breath admit you haven’t read the report? The Taguba report is not new, only the publicity is. Written descriptions don’t do it justice – you had to see it. Myers willingly walked himself right into the setup and looked, at best, foolish when pressed about not reading the report.
MSNBC is running Key excerpts from the Taguba report.
Update: Rumsfeld speaking to reporters today said he will take all actions needed in the investigations of alleged abuse at U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Perhaps that will include reading the Taguba report?