I never used the argument about how we were going to kill lots of innocent people who neither asked for this war nor voluntarily signed an enlistment contract. That argument never went anywhere. Sometimes though, in those dark days of 2003, the argument about breaking our fellow citizens would go forward an inch or two. Usually among people who had experience with vets who returned from Vietnam.
From Monday's news chatter:
An Army sergeant who served in Iraq for 15 months has been restricted to his Washington military base after being accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite her ABCs.
Joshua Ryan Tabor, 27, was arrested on Jan. 31 and charged with assaulting a child after police in Yelm, Wash., responded to a call of a disturbance at Tabor's home and then later found the little girl hiding in a locked bathroom, according to Police Chief Todd Stancil.
Both the girl and the father admitted to the torture, even detailing how Tabor would sit the girl on the edge of the bathroom sink and hold her head down until it was nearly submerged in water, dunking her if she refused to recite the alphabet, said Stancil.
In the police report, the girl told authorities that "Daddy was upset becuase she wouldn't say her letters" and that he then put her in the water.
"It was hot! The water was hot!" the girl told police, according to the incident report. "I told him I would say my letters then! My heart shirt got wet."
Tabor told authorities that "his purpose was to punish her by putting her in the water because he knows she is afraid of it and he wanted her to cooperate."
"She said her letters after that," Tabor told the cops.
"My heart shirt got wet." I just had to stop and pull myself together for a bit.
And where do you suppose this Sergeant America learned the techniques he used to secure the cooperation of a 4-year old girl?
The blood continues to soak into the palms of Mr. Bush. Ours and theirs. It will for some time.
I really rather would not have been proven right like this.