Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Abu Ghraib torture: Lindsey Graham, honest Republican? Who knew? 

Just to show that there are still ways to surprise us:

While many Republicans would like to see the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal go away during this election year, [South Carolina Republican Lindsey] Graham is among those who have pushed to keep the congressional investigation going. Otherwise, he argues, everything good that the United States has done in Iraq could be jeopardized.

"What are we fighting for?" he asked at a recent hearing. "To be like Saddam Hussein?"

[Graham] called the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal "the biggest breakdown of command I've ever seen in my 20 years as a military lawyer."

Graham is one of several Republicans on the committee who have pressed for Congress to aggressively investigate the scandal — or, as Graham calls it,
a "nest of criminal misconduct."

Graham makes no apologies for his aggressive pursuit of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, even if it has brought criticism from conservative friends.

"The people who want this fixed the most are the men and women in uniform," he said. "It's their honor that's been stained."
(via not the poor old New York, but the LA Times)

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