Bad apples keep bobbing up

Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

06/09/06

Owing to the appearance of hard-to-dismiss photographic and videotaped evidence, certain 'incidents,' such as the massacre at Haditha or the disgusting fun and games at Abu Ghraib, find their way into the U.S. news media from time to time. The government reacts predictably: first, officials cover up or obfuscate the evidence; then, they blame 'a few bad apples' in the enlisted ranks and insist that we take the time to 'find out the facts before leaping to conclusions,' especially to any conclusions about misconduct by senior officers; finally, they bury the whole matter in a drawn-out proceeding by which the military investigates and, for the most part, exculpates itself, while the general public shifts its attention to the lastest story of a vanished coed. It's the tried-and-true method by which the government deals with unpleasant reports about its actions: hunker down, pronounce inanities, and wait...

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