So heavy on political posts lately… but this is a stunning monologue. Seymour Hersh on a mother who’s daughter was involved in Abu Ghraib:
I get a call from a mother in the East coast, Northeast, working class, lower middle class, very religious, Catholic family. She had a daughter that was in the military police unit that was at Abu Ghraib. The sequence is: they get there in the fall of 2003. Their reported after doing their games in the January of 2004. In March she is sent home. Nothing is public yet. The daughter is sent home. The whole unit is sent home. She comes home a different person. She had been married. She was young. She left her husband, moved out of the house, moved out of the city, moved out to another home, another apartment in another city and began working a different job. And moved away from everybody. Then over – as the spring went on, she would go every weekend, this daughter, and every weekend she would go to a tattoo shop and get large black tattoos put on her, over increasingly – over her body, the back, the arms, the legs, and her mother was frantic. What’s going on? Comes Abu Ghraib, and she reads the stories, and she sees it. And she says to her daughter, “Were you there?” The daughter slams the door. The mother then goes – the daughter had come home – before she had gone to Iraq, the mother had given her a portable computer. She opened it up, and sure enough there was a file marked “Iraq”. She hit the button. Out came 100 photographs.
You really need to read/listen to the entire thing. It is absolutely stunning. Other gems:
Europe is not going to tolerate us much longer. The rage there is enormous. I’m talking about our old-fashioned allies. We could see something there, collective action against us. Certainly, nobody – it’s going to be an awful lot of dancing on our graves as the dollar goes bad and everybody stops buying our bonds, our credit – our – we’re spending $2 billion a day to float the debt, and one of these days, the Japanese and the Russians, everybody is going to start buying oil in Euros instead of dollars. We’re going to see enormous panic here.