These numbers are from a CBS news poll…
While 60 percent of Americans believe the abuse of Iraqi prisoners is “very serious,” the public is split over Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s job performance: 43 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove.
Reflecting skepticism of the Defense Department, a full 61 percent of those polled believe the military is primarily upset because the public found out about the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, rather than because the abuse actually happened.
Somebody needs to send out to a sign shop somewhere and have a bunch of the Harry Truman’s famous “The Buck Stops Here” signs made.
And for those that don’t grasp that we are doing great wrongs, some “Denial is more than a River in Egypt” T-shirts.
There has always been a disconnect between the public face of America and our deeds. But deep down, regardless of embarrassing moments like our invasions of the banana republics in defense of United Fruit or our willingness to consider that the sinking of the battleship Maine may have been an inside job, we have had a fundamental security that our values as a people are sound.
No more. Not since the transport of Taliban prisoners to Guantanamo was accompanied by Republican discussion on whether torture was appropriate to extract information from these people have we had a right to even a pretense of speaking from a moral high ground.