The U.S. has really been providing and example of moral leadership (Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, etc.). Now the NYT reports that the Bushies have been relying on a legal opinion that non-Iraqi prisoners captured by American forces in Iraq are sh*t out of luck if they think they are protected by the Geneva Conventions.
The opinion, reached in recent months, establishes an important exception to public assertions by the Bush administration since March 2003 that the Geneva Conventions applied comprehensively to prisoners taken in the conflict in Iraq, the officials said.
They said the opinion would essentially allow the military and the C.I.A. to treat at least a small number of non-Iraqi prisoners captured in Iraq in the same way as members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban captured in Afghanistan, Pakistan or elsewhere, for whom the United States has maintained that the Geneva Conventions do not apply.