Monday, February 21, 2005

Bush Takes US Heroes to Court

In the Gulf War in the early 90's some of our soldiers were captured and tortured by the Iraqis. They have since sued for compensation, but the Bush Administration is still blocking that compensation. This is the telling part:
Many of the pilots were tortured in the same Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, where American soldiers abused Iraqis 15 months ago. Those Iraqi victims, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said, deserve compensation from the United States.

But the American victims of Iraqi torturers are not entitled to similar payments from Iraq, the U.S. government says.

"It seems so strange to have our own country fighting us on this," said retired Air Force Col. David W. Eberly, the senior officer among the former POWs.

As my friend Jerome says, this is not surprising, disgusting as it is. The Bush Administration has inured us to expressions of shock.