I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again: The only serious problem with the Abu Ghraib issue is the enormous amount of attention it got. It was not a big deal on the scale of true big deals. It was a nit on a gnat. It was a predictable failure of a system made up of fallible humans.
Get FRIGGIN OVER IT
As I have also said before (and reported in more detail in the comments section of this article that describes SERE school, this was small potatoes. Anyone who has been through military boot camp (at least Navy and Marine, Air Force and Army are a bit less intense) has been through far worse than this treatment, and endured it for months. Humiliation? Yes. Physical torture. Yes.
Humiliation? Drill Instructors are masters at that. They pick on everyone, and they humiliate you thoroughly (unless our feminized military has made them calm down). They pick on your sexuality. They call you all sorts of humiliating names. They make a playground bully look like a pussy.
We weren’t terrorists. We weren’t enemies. We were simply recruits.
For those who still think we can fight a war without unpleasantries, I suggest you go to Iraq or Afghanistan with flowers and walk around. We will never be bothered by you again.
War is dirty. War is messy. Civilian values cannot rule war. A good military is one which controls torture and other abuse, uses only professionals who do not enjoy inflicting pain and humiliation, and punishes those who do.
WE HAVE A GOOD MILITARY
WHAT WE NEED NOW ARE GOOD CIVILIANS
Let me put in drill instructor terms (although I don’t have their skills). The word “You” applies to those still sensitive to things like Abu Ghraib - switch gender references as appropriate"
You fcking aholes are a bunch of pussies. I’ve never seen a sorrier waste of fcking oxygen and space. Do you aholes think I’m impressed by your fancy ideas? You dckheads had a good time of it. No more until the fcking end of this fcking war, You pathetic morons are going to learn to fcking fight! And we’re not fcking sending you back to mama if you cry. You worms are in the world of fcking war now. We don’t play badminton here, we are fcking serious. I am going to make you fckheads into serious people. Those of you snot-nosed little girls who fail are going to hurt ME. And I fcking don’t like to be hurt. So you had better fcking know that I am going to fcking get in your sht and hurt you a whole lot if you don’t Fcking get your sht together!
Your parents let you down. They coddled your worthless asses. They let you think the world is all roses if you just think the right thoughts and get good grades. They let you think you are superior to other human beings.
I’ve got some words for you assholes. You are nothing. To the terrorists, you are just stage props. They’ll slit your throats just for the hell of it. And it doesn’t matter what nice thoughts you have or what a “good person” you are, they’ll kill you f*cking anyway.
GET IT? They W A N T T O K I L L Y O U! They W A N T T O K I L L Y O U R F A M I L Y! People better than you fcking died in the World Trade Center. You would to let it happen again, because you “don’t understand” or you fcking idiots “don’t approve” or our methods “upset you.”
Well how upset do you a**holes think the people falling off the trade center towers felt? How upset were those who burned to death?
And how much do you think the terrorists flying those airplanes cared about your feelings? You don’t get it. But you will before I’m done with you, or your fcking asses will be toast. You should be asking yourselves - do I want my DI to kill me, or the Arab terrorists - because of your sht is even slightly out of order, one or the other will!
I DON’T HEAR YOU!