I have two thoughts about the “torture” that happened in Iraq:
1. The soldiers that did this should be punished to the maximum extent of whatever military law that pertains. What they did is not only a great embarrassment to us but also will only make our job in the Mid-East all that much tougher and more dangerous.
2. With that said, calling these acts “torture” is hyperbolic. I’ve seen some of the pictures, and I’ve read what happened. What happened was not torture. It was humiliting, inhumane, and despicable, but it was not torture. Torture typically involves inflicting extreme pain over extended periods of time, not what could be described as a fraternity hazing gone overboard. Saddam engaged in real torture. That should be kept in perspective as we hold ourselves to and are criticized by a higher standard.