Friday, May 06, 2005
There was a feel-good Iraq piece on CNN today (I think it was during Wolf Blitzer) about the new Iraqi special forces. It said all these nice things about how these guys were going to fight the insurgents and showed them learning how to rescue hostages and doing all that Ranger crawl-in-the-mud training. While this is all well and good, I wonder what else these guys are learning from the Americans. Tens of thousands of Latin American soldiers have been trained in questionable interrogation tactics and other criminal arts by the US at the School of the Americas for decades. The CIA and other agancies have had no problem showing military and paramilitary elements of other states how to break international law. So while the nice little CNN piece made it seem all well and good, you have to wonder about what they didn't show. I would wager that the Iraqi special forces are learning how to repeat Abu Ghraib without American oversight. You know, this "Salvadoran option" was floated a while ago, and of course the Pentagon denied it. But it's not as though they'd cop to doing such things to the public. Do you think that they'd say, "Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, we are going to train the Iraqis to fight the kind of dirty war that we fought in Central America." Of course not, but that doesn't mean it's not coming.