Abu Ghraib misconduct limits what's possible in Iraq

Disclosure of inhuman treatment of prisoners in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison degrades US legitimacy in Iraq.The same must be said for already faltering hopes for orderly transition to Iraqi self-governance and continuation of remarkable reconstruction achieved under challenging conditions.Moderation of US ambitions for Iraq is in order.Retreat is not. A difficult undertaking has just become more difficult. But the mission is not, as its opponents insist, futile.Images shown around the world of Iraqi prisoners being humiliated and apparently tortured in Abu Ghraib amplify the challenge and limit what's possible.It's bad enough that guards and possibly others in the prison violat...

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