…except the ones who get stuffed into sleeping bags and beaten to death.
The death came two months after a dispatch from Baghdad told troops in the field “the gloves are coming off.”
Naturally, lying went along with murder: the Army promptly put out a press release claiming that the victim had died of natural causes, and told reporters that he’d been captured when in fact he walked in to try to arrange for the release of his sons.
Three noncoms are on trial for the murder; as usual, the officers aren’t being charged. The CIA folks involved, both directly and through the Iraqi “Scorpion” units they recruited, are also being protected.
There’s no reason to weep for the victim, who simply made the error of assuming that an American flag meant that the people serving under it would be less brutal than he himself was. Save your tears for the flag, and the Republic for which it stands.
Update: Important background from the Salt Lake Tribune, via Amygdala.