25 deaths?

What the hell is going on over there?

This isn’t a few bad apples. This is systemic rot.

Stick a fork in us, we’re done. We have officially lost the battle for hearts and minds. We have officially failed as representatives of enlightened democracy.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Iraqi prisoners were murdered by Americans and 23 other deaths are being investigated in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States revealed on Tuesday as the Bush administration tried to contain growing outrage over the abuse of Iraqi detainees.

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An official said a soldier was convicted in the U.S. military justice system of killing a prisoner by hitting him with a rock, and was reduced in rank to private and thrown out of the service but did not serve any jail time.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a private contractor who worked for the CIA was found to have committed the other homicide against a prisoner.

And as we have already mentioned, the “contractor” has apparently not even received a slap on the wrist.

You know what this says to the Iraqis? Your lives are worthless. Our people can murder you at will, and receive barely a reprimand.