From the beginning, the worst thing about the Abu Ghraib affair was this: That every humiliated prisoner puts scores of innocent American troops in heightened danger. That while Leash Girl might be back in Fort Bragg safely gestating her little Damian, what she left behind makes her fellow soldiers that much more unsafe. Anyone who thinks we aren’t thisclose to a barracks bombing or some other mass atrocity as a result of this simply isn’t paying attention. Nick Berg could well be only a warmup.
So what’s the reaction in the whistle-blower’s hometown? Oh, they have their priorities straight:
“They can call him what they want,” says Mike Simico, a veteran visiting relatives in Cresaptown. “I call him a rat.”