Friday, November 03, 2006
The Obvious Question
I can't be the only person who boggled at this story:
U.S. military commanders reversed plans to send a soldier convicted of offenses at the Abu Ghraib prison back to Iraq after news media disclosed the deployment, the U.S. Army said on Friday. Spc. Santos Cardona, a dog handler during his assignment at Abu Ghraib, was convicted in June of using his dog to assault a prisoner at the jail outside Baghdad. He was sent with his military police unit from the United States to Kuwait late last month and had been preparing to go into Iraq, the army said. [...] Cardona was demoted from sergeant, sentenced to 90 days of hard labor and fined $7,200 by a court martial for his role in the Abu Ghraib scandal, which sparked worldwide revulsion after the pictures' release. He was convicted of failing to handle his dog properly and using the unmuzzled Belgian shepherd to threaten an inmate with a force "likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm."I really hope I'm not the only person who, upon reading this story, immediately asked: Why is this man still in the military?!? What does it say about the people controlling our military forces that Cardona not only didn't get a dishonorable discharge, he's still with a military police unit? What message does this send to the rest of the world?
Yeah. You'd think that if recruiting was going so allegedly well, the Pentagon could afford to separate the wheat from the chaff.
That's pretty much where we are, except it's clearly being done under the table. Iraq became a gigantic sucking black manpower hole pretty early into the proceedings.
I doubt the Army likes this state of affairs very much. But they are stuck between the Devil of a hopeless war and the Deep Blue Sea of their insane bubble-boy CiC.
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