Friday, April 30, 2004

Bush Feels 'Disgust' at Abuse of Iraqis

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has condemned the apparent mistreatment of some Iraqi prisoners, saying, "Their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people. That's not the way we do things in America. I didn't like it one bit."

He was asked about photos showing Iraqi prisoners naked except for hoods covering their heads, stacked in a human pyramid, one with a slur written in English on his skin. That and other scenes of humiliation have led to criminal charges against six American soldiers. Arab television stations were leading their newscasts on Friday with the photos.

"I share a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated," Bush said.

Indeed. I would hope these people who committed these acts would do some serious time in a military prison. The careers of the officers who allowed this behavior should come to an end, at the very least.

I can't help but wonder what John Kerry's position is on this atrocious behavior, given that he claims to have experience in such matters. Just wondering.