AS BIG AS WATERGATE?….In Slate, Fred Kaplan says Abu Ghraib may be the biggest scandal to hit Washington since Watergate:
Bush knew about it. Rumsfeld ordered it. His undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Steven Cambone, administered it. Cambone’s deputy, Lt. Gen. William Boykin, instructed Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who had been executing the program involving al-Qaida suspects at Guantanamo, to go do the same at Abu Ghraib. Miller told Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of the 800th Military Brigade, that the prison would now be dedicated to gathering intelligence. Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy, also seems to have had a hand in this sequence, as did William Haynes, the Pentagon’s general counsel. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, learned about the improper interrogations?from the International Committee of the Red Cross, if not from anyone else?but said or did nothing about it for two months, until it was clear that photographs were coming out. Meanwhile, those involved in the interrogations included officers from military intelligence, the CIA, and private contractors, as well as the mysterious figures from the Pentagon’s secret operation.
That’s a lot more people than the seven low-grade soldiers and reservists currently facing courts-martial.
And of course the investigation of the Valerie Plame affair may be winding up soon too. Sounds like it’s going to be a hot summer in DC this year….