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Saturday, August 27, 2005


Demoted General on U.S. Army in Iraq: "Sgt. Bilko meets Catch 22"

Janis Karpinski was the only woman general in Iraq. She was in command of the troops that ran the Abu Ghraib prison. In a book about her experiences, One Woman's Army, she tells stories about how the prisoners lifted the cell doors off the hinges because they were installed on the inside. She tells of a sergeant using the machine gun in a guard tower to amuse himself by shooting sheep. And she tells, mostly, about the dysfunction of the U.S. Army because of poor training, poor planning, and poor administration.

A review of her book is in the Washington Post.

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