Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Have some self-respect, girl!

Let’s just say you were one of the actors in one of the biggest scandals of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Let’s say you were dismissed from the US Army last year after pleading guilty, but walked away with no jail time. Let’s say you had the misfortune of having an affair with the accused ring leader of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Let’s say this man had also been having an affair with another soldier, a Pfc. Lynndie England, whose recently born son is believed to be his child.

What would you do?

Well, I can tell you what I would do. I would be ashamed that I had anything to do with the scandal, I would be thankful that I was dismissed and I would walk away from my past and promise myself to be wiser the in the future. But one thing I certainly wouldn’t do is marry Army Spc. Charles “I didn’t enjoy what I did there” Graner Jr., who grinned in photos of Iraqi prisoners being sexually humiliated.

But that is exactly what Megan Ambuhl did on April 12th, 2005, a few months after Graner had been sentenced to 10 years for his part in the Abu Ghraib scandal:

Graner was convicted in January on a range of abuse charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Last month, he married former specialist Megan Ambuhl, an Abu Ghraib defendant who was discharged from the army without serving prison time. Graner had another man stand in for him in the marriage-by-proxy April 12 near Fort Hood.

Okay, I definitely believe in a thing called love, but I don’t understand why I would marry a man who had fathered another child, while having an affair with me, and doesn’t seem to have the best track record when it comes to treating other human beings. And a marriage-by-proxy ain’t exactly the most romantic way to start a marriage.

Why couldn’t she just walk away? She already testified in his case, so it’s not like she is getting married to him, just so she doesn’t have to testify against him. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to this choice, other than love. And some people just seem to always make the wrong choices.

Does anyone have any idea here?


Blogger Teresa said...

Ah, but you see... this makes it incredibly easy for her. Now she can say she's married - and she doesn't have to have a husband around. She doesn't have to live with him or put up with him. How much do you want to bet once he's released, they immediately get a divorce. Then she can marry yet another inmate. Sheesh!

*** finally got a blogger account set up so I can post. WooHoo!

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