In truth, Abu Ghraib was for critics on the Left not a reaction caused by a happenstance but an already pre-planned indictment waiting simply for an incidentreports Rabbi Aryeh Spero.
For one surefire way to destroy the war effort is, the Left hopes, by discrediting our soldiers and military establishment. De-legitimize the war by de-legitimizing the soldiers. Set the conduct-bar so high and the requirements for success so absolute that perforce across-the-board success is beyond reach and shortfall built-in.
… If not Abu Ghraib, another inevitable incident would have materialized or been blown out of proportion to provide liberals the fuel to proclaim: “See, we told you so. It’s a Redneck War . . . not worthy of Our support.” … Many can not abide the type of male they can never be!
The Left dispensed with objectivity and fairness regarding Abu Ghraib for it relished the opportunity to cast American soldiers as uncivilized and the brutes “we always knew them to be.” How glorious once again to announce: “We told you so! Soldiers are not heroes. We, the ‘compassionate and sensitive’ un-soldier, remain the better male role-model.”
… their smug ease and ever-willingness to set the conduct bar so high and wide so as to ensure criticism of our self-sacrificing soldiers. … The “understanding” so-called American social/humanitarian activists demand we offer our enemies is never, by them, granted our soldiers.
… Sainthood is demanded not from their college children on soft campuses, but, ironically, from battlefield soldiers nerve-wracked by possible imminent death. After all, it’s not their children, nor their friends’ children, serving over there in Iraq.