A quick note to the folks who are pointing at the prisoner abuse scandal as proof that America is no better than Saddam Hussein: when his people did these things (and far, far worse), they were doing their master’s bidding; when some of our soldiers do it, they’re investigated, as high up the chain of command as the rot goes. Then they’re punished.
That is, Hussein ordered torture for punishment, while we order punishment for torture. Big difference.
Update: timeline of events surrounding the incidents.