Posted: 15 May 2004
Real quick, and just for the fun of it, here're a few quotes I ran across from members of the United States Congress on the Iraqi torture media surfacings.
"It was pretty disgusting, not what you'd expect from Americans," said Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). "There was lots of sexual stuff - not of the Iraqis, but of our troops."
Not what you'd expect from who? Are we talking about the same country, here? And have you ever seen the Internet before? Anyone with a broadband connection can spend hours watching video footage of American women having sexual intercourse, both oral and vaginal, with horses and dogs. Or videos brutally enacting rape situations. And this is for free. Imagine what you could pay for.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who also characterized the photos as "disgusting," agreed, noting, "It's hard to believe that this actually is taking place in a military facility."
"I don't know how these people got into our Army," said Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.)
OK, now, I have absolutely no military background. I've never been in a "military facility," even, that I know of. However, I've known plenty of people who've served in one form or another, and they weren't all exactly the cream of society. Perhaps my opinion is clouded by movies like Three Kings, or even Full Metal Jacket, but I'm in no way shocked, at all, by what's been revealed.
Do I approve of it? No. Do I excuse it? No. Am I surprised by it, though? Shocked? Appalled? Definitely not.
Back to the quotes, I'm inclined to ask from which societies Senator Coleman would expect "disgusting," "sexual" behavior. Would he like to name some? The very phrasing of it implies that Americans are a more noble, mature people than others on the planet. I think I could argue that one.
Don't get me wrong, I love America. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. These quotes, however, are absurd at best. I call shenanigans on the whole thing.