“We went to Iraq to stop things like this from happening, and indeed, here they are happening under our tutelageÂ… If we don’t tell this story, these kind of things will continue, and weÂ’ll end up getting paid back 100 or 1000 times over.” - ex-US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cowan
Update (this is incredible): “As the US military continued to reel from photographs of troops abusing Iraqi prisoners, President Bush volunteered yesterday that Iraq is better off now that Saddam Hussein is gone and his ‘torture cells are closed,’ summoning an image that has haunted troops in recent days. ‘Because we acted, torture rooms are closed, rape rooms no longer exist,’ Bush said at a rally in Niles, Mich., just north of the Indiana border. The remarks have long been part of his stump speech, but were made just hours after he had discussed investigations into the alleged torture of Iraqis by US troops with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Later, at a stop in Kalamazoo, he again said that ‘the torture chambers in Iraq are closed.’” - story
Note how they still call this “alleged torture”!