Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the systematic and planned release of reports about war prisoner abuses -- ranging from torture to murder -- committed by the United States? It seems like a well-thought-out strategy to release this bad information. One report effectively numbs the next report, so that when the military announces, as it did yesterday, that 26 prisoner deaths in Iraq may have been homicides, it barely causes a blink.
It seems the government wants all these reports to have the same effect as reading or hearing about gang murders and drive-by shootings in the inner cities: "shit happens in bad places." It's all the same so why bother reading yet another story about another gang killing?
The Bush administration has demonstrated over and over again that they are expert at staying on message. They know Americans are lazy and have extremely short attention spans so that if they've heard it once that's enough for them, they don't need to pay attention to further notices, nor will they absorb them anyway.
This is very clever -- this dumbing down, numbing down strategy.
Why is there not a commission to investigate this prisoner abuse problem in its entirety, along the lines of the 9/11 Commission? Certainly, it's warranted.