"Former Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora told Congress, "There are serving U.S. flag-rank officers who maintain that the first and second identifiable causes of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq - as judged by their effectiveness in recruiting insurgent fighters into combat - are, respectively the symbols of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo." Providing impunity to those who ordered the torture will be the third recruiting tool.
If the United States refuses to investigate now, it will be more likely that some future administration will repeat this scenario. The use of torture should be purged from our system, much like we eradicated slavery."Spain investigates what America should - SF Chronicle
Even if you think that starting the war in Iraq was somehow justifiable, you have to admit the WAY the wars have been executed is shameful, inept, and criminally derelict in duty. By investigating the abuses of power and breaches of the law, we can begin to rebuild the good name of the U.S. in the eyes of the world. You cannot put a price on credibility and integrity, and we must attempt to repair this if we want to lead by example. With the world looking to us for guidance and leadership in forming governments and laws, we must not be afraid to admit we were wrong, and follow the facts, wherever they go.