Regular Army suggestions that “the reservists did it” seem about as convincing, and relevant to what has happened in Iraqi prisons as Prince Abdullah’s charge that “The Zionists caused it” when referring to recent el Queda attacks in Saudi Arabia.
The New York Times article“Officer Suggests Iraq Jail Abuse Was Encouraged”, states that:
The suggestion by Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski that the reservists acted at the behest of military intelligence officers appears largely supported in a still-classified Army report on prison conditions in Iraq that documented many of the worst abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, including the sexual humiliation of prisoners.
The story seems to lend creedence to her charges that:
military commanders were trying to shift the blame exclusively to her and other reservists and away from intelligence officers still at work in Iraq.
“We’re disposable,” she said of the military’s attitude toward reservists. “Why would they want the active-duty people to take the blame? They want to put this on the M.P.’s and hope that this thing goes away. Well, it’s not going to go away.”