Ramesh, let’s not take Reuters — the wire service that can’t use the word ‘terrorist’ to define the perpetrators of 9-11 — to determine our political reality. Inhofe did insist that the outrage is outrageous. But Reuters didn’t quote the rest:
“I hasten to say yeah, there are seven bad guys and gals that didn’t do what they should have done. They were misguided, I think maybe even perverted, and the things that they did have to be punished. And they’re being punished. They’re being tried right now, and that’s all taking place. But I’m also outraged by the press and the politicians and the political agendas that are being served by this, and I say political agendas because that’s actually what is happening.”
And, even better, he said this — which was highlighted by Rush Limbaugh on the radio:
“I also am — and have to say, when we talk about the treatment of these prisoners, that I would guess that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein is not in charge of these prisoners. When he was in charge they would take electric drills and drill holes through hands, they would cut their tongues out, they would cut their ears off. We’ve seen accounts of lowering their bodies into vats of acid. All these things were taking place. This was the type of treatment that they had.”
“And I would want everyone to get this and read it. This is a documentary of the Iraq special report. It talks about the unspeakable acts of mass murder, unspeakable acts of torture, unspeakable acts of mutilation, the murdering of kids — lining up 312 little kids under 12 years old and executing them, and then of course what they do to Americans, too.
“There’s one story in here that was in the I think it was The New York Times, yes, on June 2nd. I suggest everyone take that — get that and read it. It’s about one of the prisoners who did escape as they were marched out there, blindfolded and put before mass graves, and they mowed them down and they buried them. This man was buried alive and he clawed his way out and was able to tell his story. And I ask, Mr. Chairman, at this point in the record that this account of the brutality of Saddam Hussein be entered into the record, made a part of the record.”
You can see it here.