Military Justice is simple. A grunt accused of a crime is assigned a defense lawyer who recommends a guilty plea. If the grunt pleads not guilty he will go to military prison for a long time, but if he pleads guilty he will get out of jail ”real soon”. Most plead guilty and can’t afford a good lawyer or take the risk of long hard time. Their military career is over.
At Abu Ghrabe it was the “Few Bad Apples” that took the fall for most of the chain of command above them. Maybe the real Bad Apples were at the top of a rotten barrel.
Most Americans were led to believe that Iraq caused 9-11. No one told the troops over there differently.
If I believed at 18 that Iraq was responsible for 9-11, I would have joined them in getting even with those prisoners. I have also heard reports that these guards were encouraged to “soften up” their wards by the torture experts running the show. I haven’t heard about many officers up the chain of command at Abu Ghrabe were held responsible. Too often tarnished brass gets polished and promoted after the smoke has cleared and the unfortunate incident forgotten.
According to Wikipedia: “Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, the commanding officer of all detention facilities in Iraq, was reprimanded and demoted to the rank of colonel. Several more military personnel who were accused of perpetrating or authorizing the measures, including many of higher rank, were not prosecuted.”