The treatment of Iraqi prisoners has grown into quite a scandal in a short period of time. We’ve had official reports, embarrassing photos, Congressional questioning sessions, the administration’s first apologies and even a chorus of calls for resignations.
It’s been a tough week for the administration, but it could’ve been a lot worse. Imagine some of the scenarios that seemingly never played out. For example, what it we learned that the American public was misled about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and that this was really about a plan that had been in making for years? Or what if it turned out that the administration had wildly underplanned for period of time after major combat had ended? Or picture this one: What if the President had given a speech on an aircraft carrier under a banner that read mission accomplished only to later realize that his troops would lose hundreds of additional lives? I know were getting a little ridiculous here, but let’s push the envelope and imagine a worst-case. What if we invaded Iraq and then it turned out that we couldn’t actually find any weapons of mass destruction?
Now that would be a scandal.