May 6, 2004

Let The Inspectors In

Now that the President has deplored prisoner abuse in Iraq, and the generals have told us "this isn't typical", what are we going to do? It's going to take something pretty spectacular to make up for this. Like a generation of Peace Corps workers who, if they are lucky, might someday hear: "You Americans aren't all monsters, after all."

For example, shouldn't our intelligence analysts be seeking out every prisoner in those pictures? Shouldn't a senior government official offer each of them a personal apology?

And, even if this isn't widespread, how will we convince a skeptical world? How about opening those prisons to inspectors -- lots of inspectors, from the press, from Amnesty International, from the Red Crescent? Sure, we'd lose some intelligence opportunities, but isn't that water over the dam right now?