Soft bigotry, low expectations

SOFT BIGOTRY, LOW EXPECTATIONS….If you’re a high-ranking cabinet official responsible for helping operate secret prisons where detainees were tortured, and you get caught, it stands to reason that you won’t be a high-ranking cabinet official for very long. At least that’s the way it works in some countries.

Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, whose ministry is accused of operating clandestine prisons where some detainees were tortured, will vacate his job shortly, security and political sources in Baghdad said yesterday.

Mr. Jabr has been under pressure to step down since a Nov. 15 raid by U.S. forces of a secret prison in the Baghdad neighborhood of Jadriyah, where 166 prisoners were discovered, most of them Sunni Muslims and some showing signs of torture.

The Washington Times added that there was some debate as to whether Jabr was being forced out or was leaving voluntarily under “unbearable” political pressure.

Donald Rumsfeld sure is lucky to have a boss willing to forgive incompetence and mismanagement, isn’t he?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.