Col. (formerly Brigadier Gen.) Janis Karpinski, who was demoted after she presided over abuses at Abu Ghraib, attended a screening of an Iraq documentary paneled by Sen. Lindsay Graham. When audience comments began, Graham regretted that he never had a chance to court martial Karpinski. She stood up and called him a coward, and now writes about the incident in the Huffington Post.
I stand by my remarks about him being a coward. A coward condemns people in public ONLY when he believes there will be no opposition. What a pitiful example of a Senator. At one point, he was acknowledging the need for torture and told us we did not even want us to know what all of what they did to Khalid Shiek Mohammed because it was just so awful, but he assured us Khalid Sheik Mohammed provided "really great" information. Then, unbelievably, he tried desperately to assure us "most Americans think this is an unfortunate necessity in the global war on terrorism." Where is he taking the survey??
Other attendees were great afterwards and generously supportive. It is my experience American people are far more intelligent and perceptive than the likes of Senator Lindsey Graham gives them credit for being. They understood the movie and they are annoyed with the idiotic comments he made. More importantly, they are annoyed with him and the Administration he represents. When Ghosts of Abu Ghraib is broadcast across the country next week, I hope Americans are so annoyed and angry from watching the movie, it stimulates a renewal of demands for the truth and an independent commission to review the facts and render truthful conclusions.
Graham is like Chuck Hagel, if slightly more frustrating—a seasoned, smart Republican who criticizes the Bush administration's abuses before taking the dive with his colleagues.