The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Friday, May 01, 2009
A Bad Moon Rising--The High Cost of Shaming America First
We are at a real crossroads; and quite frankly, my confidence in this President to do the right thing is very, very low.
As some of you may recall, I was in initially involved in looking at the investigation surrounding A-G and how the Army was going to try to deal with the release of the photos from England and her unit. Having been called in by the JAG to review material, and come up with an approach on how to 'get in front' of the story, we reviewed everything they had in order to find photos that conveyed the seriousness of the matter without at least attempting to address Islamic sensitivities. We knew going in that it was going to be a bombshell.
We realized from the outset that if we didn't try to take 'control' of the news cycle and how it was addressed, we'd forever be playing catch-up and have no chance of regaining ANY semblance of believability.
That bird has come home to roost. It's hungry, and it's not leaving anytime soon.
The ACLU filed FOIA paperwork (Freedom of Information Act) in late 2003 after rumors began swirling of potential abuses in Afghanistan and Iraq holding and containment areas (they were not 'prisons' per se, but places that people captured in kinetic operations were being held until such time as the Coalition could determine what to do with them). Convinced that BushCheney were ordering their wholesale slaughter and torture, and that the CIA was blindly carrying out these orders, the ACLU inserted itself into the issue, if only to use it as a front to get more funding and influence. After A-G was 'settled' in 2006, they again filed FOIA in order to see if they could gain access to any photos or material that was NOT released in the initial onslaught. THIS upcoming re-release is what is going to re-set the Middle East on fire again.
There are photos from the A-G unit that have not been released. NOT A SINGLE ONE of them will shed any new light on what the detainees went thru or what England and the gang did. Not.one.iota. What it will do is re-ignite the sensitivities of Islamic fascists around the world and drum up new jihadists in search of an outlet. Tickets and rides into Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan are going to become hot commodities. (Get yours now!)
MOST of the material related to A-G not released is of the sick sexual practices of England and her 'bunkmates'. They seemed to tape each other in every Kama Sutra event they could. Beyond these, the only thing the ACLU could gain from this is to pressure the current administration to go after Bush administration personnel. And that's all they want to do. More lawyering business for lawyers.
The administration, as well as DoD, is caught between their 'base' on the far, far, far left and inflaming a huge segment of the populations around the world (and that includes veterans and those in the military). The President could easily step in, determine that releasing them would be detrimental to the war effort, and declare them 'Top Secret' and not releasable. Unfortunately THAT would inflame the ACLU and their ilk like no other action. But it would save lives in the long run. LOTS of lives.Sources both inside and outside the administration tell me that they are NOT well prepared to deal with this issue at all.
UPDATE: Oops. As Glenn Reynolds likes to say: "The country is in the very best of hands."