Over at Commentary Contentions, Michael Rubin contrasts the media reaction to the actions of a handful of U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison to the murderous shooting spree conducted by one soldier recently in Afghanistan:
The reaction to Abu Ghraib was too often cheap, as pundits and partisans sought to ascribe guilt up to and including President Bush and Vice President Cheney. In the aftermath of the Afghanistan shooting, some Republicans criticized Obama for apologizing—but were roundly and rightly castigated by other Republicans.
That so many sought to transform the evil occurrences at Abu Ghraib into a partisan whip with which to flog Bush was wrong.
The military, as Rubin reminds us, has launched an investigation into the actions at the Iraqi prison before the media got wind of the story. (Read the whole thing; it’s short.)
In both cases, a rogue American service member (or members) committed atrocities, evil in their own right and damaging to the U.S. national interest. In neither case had the president ordered (or the military countenanced) the actions. And yet there wasn’t the same media frenzy for the more recent barbarity.
Wonder why that is.