Army Reserve Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib has been demoted to Colonel by order of President Bush for the torture scandal. As commander of the prison she of course could not disclaim total responsibility, but she could however assert mitigatory considerations on the fact that all the torturing instructions bypassed her, without even her being aware of such nefarious going-ons.
The argument for her demotion seems extraordinarily harsh by comparison to the real culprit who escaped completely unscathed, Lt General Richardo Sanchez, the man who had personally authorised the illegal interrogation techniques.
Brig Gen Karpinski and Lynndie England are but mere sacrificial lambs (scapegoats) to the American gods, the press and the public, to protect Sanchez, Rumsfeld and those bigger brass who were more directly involved than them.
In fact a US army judge has just abruptly terminated England’s trial this week as he wasn’t convinced that England was even aware she had committed an illegal act. It's a damning shame that the US Army has immorally allowed her to plead guilty - obviously to serve as the offering to the hungry press and a shocked (at the torture) American public.
Unfortunately in the military forces of the world, not just the US’, sacrificial lambs have not been uncommon.
Two Generals from North America