Karpinski Defense, Part II

Brig. General Janis Karpinski now says she was told by General Geoffrey Miller that prisoners were to be treated like dogs and that she and her soldiers are being scapegoated.

Odd. When she first started talking about prison abuse in Iraq, Karpinski denied all knowledge of any potential abuse, in Iraq or anywhere else (Miller was in charge of Guantanemo Bay’s prisons at the time). Now that she’s the one taking the fall, she conveniently brings up this conversation.

Of course, the proper time to have mentioned it would have been last fall, when Miller first made the comment. Rightfully, it should have been reported up the chain of command to her superiors. This “just following orders” defense has been tried before.