Petraeus Linked To Torture In Iraq (Video)

7 Mar

James SteeleIt’s unfortunate that self-correction comes ten years late for Iraq.

I was wrong for a lot of reasons — strategic, political, humanitarian — but the most important is that the Iraq War did not meet the basic test of a just war, which allows for pre-emptive military action against an imminent threat, but not preventive war designed to stop such imminent threats from even emerging. The Iraq War, to my mind, was clearly a preventive war and thus constituted a crime of aggression.

Andrew Sullivan to his credit is conducting his own public confession, that he was wrong about the Iraq War, raising the standard for any blogger who has ever made an error in code.

This month, the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, I’ve decided to re-publish some of my posts from March 2003. Call it masochism or basic journalistic accountability or the Internet’s revenge. But I was wrong. I was wrong in good faith. But I was wrong. And it’s worth, ten years’ later, to show just how wrong I was in order to understand better my massive error of judgment (let alone of tone).

Finally – and I’m sure that’s only in terms of this post – US special forces veteran links General Petraeus to torture in Iraq.

A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq. Another special forces veteran, retired Colonel James Coffman, worked with Steele and reported directly to General David Petraeus, who had been sent into Iraq to organise the Iraqi security services.

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One Response to “Petraeus Linked To Torture In Iraq (Video)”

  1. Adam Cathcart 13 March 2013 at 11:51 am #

    That _Guardian_ report was absolutely top-notch reporting, and extremely serious. Nary a mention of Petraeus’ mistress, (which is perhaps why ) the story didn’t seem to get much play in the US. Not to mention that it drags people back to Nicaragua and Iran-Contra, that’s verboten territory most of the time.

    Then think about the fact that the Americans spent (by their own admission/numbers) $990 million on “drug enforcement” alone in Iraq…that’s massive. Stuart Bowen deserves a biographer.

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