The Obama administration's decision to actively cover up the war crimes of its predecessors and thereby become increasingly complicit in them, as well as appointing a Cheney man to run the war in Afghanistan, might seem unconnected. And perhaps they are. But I am drawn to the following passage in an account of one of the most barbaric scenes in Iraq during the early occupation:

"Once, somebody brought it up with the colonel. 'Will [the Red Cross] ever be allowed in here?' And he said absolutely not. He had this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there's no way that the Red Cross could get in: "they won't have access and they never will. This facility was completely closed off to anybody investigating, even Army investigators." ...