Be sure to read this great post, which includes the complete letter that decorated, West Point-educated officer Ian Fishback wrote to Senator john mcCain. It is truly beyond belief. He has exposed the institutionalization of torture by Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how is he rewarded? He is sequestered, smeared, belittled and threatened with punishment. It’s a shocking story and the lack of outrage is even more shocking. He is defending the “little guys” in the field who are fulfilling policies coming down from the top. In other words, he is trying to protect his fellow soldiers, who end up getting scapegoated and imprisoned because they are doing what they’ve been told to do. And for that, he is portrayed as a traitor.
As Sully says:
The overwhelming majority of our soldiers are as decent and as honest and as moral as this hero. They have been betrayed by incompetence, brutality and treachery at the very top of this administration. And those responsible must be brought to justice. But we also owe them new legislation to draw a line between the stain of the Bush era and the future. We cannot undo the profound damage this president has done to this country’s honor and military. But we can stop it now. And we must.
Thanks God America has a free media where this story can be told, from the newspapers to the blogs. Now, if only the people would listen.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.