Two American soldiers

June 22, 2006

Two American soldiers were killed in Iraq in the recent days. In circumstances that are still unclear, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker became separated from their unit, possibly because an attack by insurgents was staged to draw away the main force of their patrol, leaving the two, and their driver, vulnerable. They were attacked in force and overwhelmed. One was killed, the other two captured. They were dragged away. A recovery effort made up of 8,000 US soldiers scouring Baghdad’s ‘triangle of death’ failed to find or rescue the captured men.

Days later their dead bodies were found. As far as can be ascertained from the information released thus far, they had been horribly tortured, their thoats slit, their heads cut off, their features mutilated beyond recognition. The corpses were left surrounded with bombs, and the road to the site where they were thrown down was lined with IEDs, the better to kill those who came to recover them.

Two responses, which must speak for themselves:

Occams hatchet at Daily Kos:

So our boys were tortured – how “quaint “
by occams hatchet
Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 07:18:50 AM PDT

The bodies of the two captured U.S. soldiers were found in Iraq – bearing signs of “barbaric torture.”

How “quaint.”

I hope Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo will sleep well tonight, with visions of those boys’ bodies and the horrible barbarities inflicted upon them dancing in their heads. Perhaps Gonzales, and Yoo, and Rumsfeld and Bush will be able to envision the same inhumanities being visited upon their family members and loved ones as they drift off to peaceful slumber.

This cannot stand. We cannot allow this administration and its incomprehensible defense of and support for torture in violation of the “quaint” Geneva Conventions to remain.

The chickens have come home to roost. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

I weep for my country, and for the families and loved ones of those in Iraq and Afghanistan, those yet living and those already dead.


The post was later amended to include the following:

I do not wish ill to Messrs. Gonzales, Yoo, Bush or Rumfeld, nor to any members of their families. I was writing out of anger, and what I wrote in that paragraph was wrong. I apologize for having written it. I cannot pretend that I did not write it, but I do not wish to perpetuate what I wrote. I have changed the offending sentences.

And: The torture and murder of these soldiers was a barbaric and indefensible act of savagery, as is all torture and murder.

Wretchard at The Belmont Club:

My own testament, for the record, are that if I should ever be tortured, have my throat slit, beheaded, mutilated and then have booby traps planted round my corpse so that they might kill any relatives and friends — should any of this ever happen to me — that Amnesty International kindly refrain from extending it’s “sincerest condolences” and weasely condemnations and offering its insulting and gratuitous advice. I don’t want them. I would much rather lie forgotten in some open field than have one of Amnesty International’s sick letters on my casket. Not that they would write it.


One comment

  1. If it’s any consolation, the people at Daily Kos are largely out to lunch.

    More people are becoming aware of this fact as time passes.

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