Whose Idea Was This?

The Army tries to send a soldier convicted of abuse at Abu Ghraib back to Iraq--to train Iraqi police

In a war effort marred by poor planning and misjudgments of the local scene, this move just about took the cake. Someone in the U.S. military thought it was a good idea to send Sergeant Santos Cardona, a dog handler convicted of abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, back to serve again in Iraq. What's more, his unit's job was to help train Iraqi police, a curious assignment for a military policeman caught in photographs distributed worldwide doing just the sort of thing peace officers should never do.

Cardona knew it was a terrible idea. Shortly before he...

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