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BDSM, #MeToo, Torture and the Drumbeat For War

Women played a significant role in the immoral fiasco. Brigadier General Janis Karpinski ran Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq. A lieutenant colonel named Diane Beaver in the Judge Advocate General Corps. is credited with proposing the policy of harsh interrogation practices employed at Guantanamo; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signed off on Beaver’s proposal in November 2002. A Captain Carolyn Wood was in charge of the intelligence staff at Bagram AFB in Afghanistan at the time the Red Cross protested the brutal treatment of prisoners, including hanging them from chains; two prisoners died from beatings while hanging from chains. Major General Barbara Fox was the senior officer in charge of intelligence in the entire Iraq theater and was “intimately involved in creating and managing the interrogation program at Abu Ghraib during the time when the photographed abuses took place.” This is from a chapter in the book One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers, edited by Tara McKelvey. Personally, I recall speaking with a female interrogator in Veterans For Peace about witnessing other female interrogators in Guantanamo exposing their breasts and grabbing Arab men by the genitals. The point is, US women were deemed very useful in the humiliation and break-down of Arab males. This was part of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld turn to the “dark side” to undermine the insurgency that unexpectedly arose in 2003 and 2004. So Ms. Haspel is not an anomaly; she fits into a full chorus line of women who bear guilt for what many still hold out were flagrant war crimes, actions that, it's important to realize, did not help an America under attack at all. In fact, there are good arguments their actions, along with the actions of many more men, helped make things much worse. Everybody knows it’s not cool to say “We told you so.” But while the antiwar movement could hardly predict the future, it did try to tell our leaders the invasion of Iraq would be a mess and create a lasting, festering wound in the region. That was the essence of the report our 2003 trip to Baghdad made at a briefing at the Washington Press Club. That was just one small effort out of many. The antiwar movement should be called The Cassandra Movement after the Greek prophetess doomed by angry gods to suffer the frustration of pronouncing true prophesies that the culture would be too corrupted and stupid to heed. Now, it's happening all over again.

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