Responsibility arguments misused

The Belgravia Dispatch refers to an Intel Dump entry that, in turn refers to Joseph Galloway. The idea is that malfeasance on the bottom is the responsibility of the top. Therefore President Bush is directly responsible for Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo abuse.

The rationale is that the causes of “17 separate investigations of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other prisoner abuse scandals” are poor training and leadership. The is an assumption that the 17 separate investigations seem to have concluded is invalid.

In other words, the outcomes of the investigations are dismissed. The common thread seems to be that the dismissal is required because it doesn’t get to the preconceived judged guilty party. From that point, a reason must be constructed to refute the investigations and a bulwark must be built around that construction to maintain its ‘dignity.’

The constructed rationale is suspect from many directions. Most fundamentally, it is that of inability for independant individual action.

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