Annals of War: The New Yorker revisits Abu Ghraib

Written by Errol Morris and Philip Gourevitch, this piece puts into context just how horrendous the US Military prison in Iraq was. Seems like the pictures and the soldiers forced to take the fall were just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

You had to travel along some of the deadliest roads in the country, constantly bombed and frequently ambushed, into the Sunni Triangle. The prison squatted on the desert, a wall of sheer concrete traced with barbed wire, picketed by watchtowers. ?Like something from a Mad Max movie,? Sergeant Javal Davis, of the 372nd, said. ?Just like that?like, medieval.? There were more than two and a half miles of wall with twenty-four towers, enclosing two hundred and eighty acres of prison ground. And inside, Davis said, ?it?s nothing but rubble, blown-up buildings, dogs running all over the place, rabid dogs, burnt remains. The stench was unbearable: urine, feces, body rot.?

The prisoners?several thousand of them, clad in orange?were crowded behind concertina wire. ?The encampment they were in when we saw it at first looked like one of those Hitler things, like a concentration camp, almost,? Davis said. ?They?re in there, in their little jumpsuits, outside in the mud. Their rest rooms was running over. It was just disgusting. You didn?t want to touch anything. Whatever the worst thing that comes to your mind, that was it?the place you would never, ever, ever, ever send your worst enemy.?

And yet, someone in our military, our Commander in Chief decided to do just that. It is becoming clearer by the day that when history judges the Bush Administration they will be viewed as potentially the worst presidential administration in the short history of this country.

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