MORE EXCUSES….A Republican says the killing of Nick Berg on Tuesday shows that the administration was right to try to withhold the Abu Ghraib pictures:

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the beheading of an American captive in Iraq has House Republican leaders concerned that the release of more photos to the public could lead to more Americans being harmed.

“We’ve got to make a decision on precisely how we handle it, especially in light of what’s occurred today,” Hunter said.

“From my own perspective, it validates Secretary [of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld and General [Richard] Myers’ attempt to keep these initial photos from being published,” Hunter said. Myers is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I think it shows they were trying to save American lives when they did that. Unfortunately, those pictures were released.”

I thought it was only us soft-headed liberals who were supposed to believe fairy tales like this. Is Hunter really so gullible that he takes the terrorists at their word when they pretend that the Abu Ghraib pictures are the reason they executed Berg?

Or is he just playing the latest conservative game of spouting ridiculous excuses for keeping American wrongdoing under wraps?