Thursday, March 17, 2005

Accountability for some?

Don't you love how teachers, according to the Bushies, must "be held accountable," but then you read something like this, from Admiral Albert Church's Pentagon press conference following the release of his report on the Abu Ghraib abuses:

Church said the failure to issue the policies and respond forcefully to early warnings of abuse should not be grounds for punishment.

"I don't think you can hold anybody accountable for a situation that maybe if you had done something different, maybe something would have occurred differently," Church told Pentagon reporters Thursday.


Amazing, isn't it? "Maybe if you had done something different" ?!? You can't hold someone accountable because maybe "something would have occurred differently?" This is unbelievable. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.

And don't tell me it's comparing apples and oranges because it's not. If we're going to have a society where everyone is accountable, which the president talks about ad nauseum, then everyone has to be accountable, even when -- especially when -- it's not convenient or easy.

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