The photos of female American soldiers abusing nude and hooded Iraqi prisoners hit Melissa Embser-Herbert on several levels. As a former military police officer with the U. Army, she was horrified that no one, male or female, refused to follow a clearly unlawful order. As a sociology professor, she was not surprised that a woman in a traditionally male profession would not speak out against the abuse. But some Americans--including some feminist and media scholars--say the atrocities have nothing to do with gender. This is about soldiers out of control.
US troops, veterans weary of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
US army woman admits Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse
Low graphics Accessibility help. News services Your news when you want it. News Front Page. E-mail this to a friend Printable version. Saddam Hussein's prisoners were not only tortured but executed. It was much worse than what is there now.
Iraqi prison abuse reports jar U.S. ideal of women
Lynndie England, the grinning United States soldier whose abuse of prisoners enraged ordinary Iraqis and helped fuel the anti-American insurgency, pleaded guilty at her court martial yesterday. The hearing in Fort Hood, Texas, heard the year-old reservist admit seven of the nine charges of maltreating detainees levelled against her. She will be sentenced later in the week.
Most American troops and veterans believe that the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been going on for too long, a new poll has revealed. The survey by Smithsonian , released Wednesday, found that more than 80 percent of current and former US service members were fatigued by the two conflicts, years after former President George W. Bush started them.