April 26, 2007, - 10:07 am

Sleeping With the Enemy: Lt. Col. “Fraternizes” & More in Iraq

Hopefully, there aren’t more like Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele.
The soldier, who commanded an Army police detachment in Iraq, has been aiding and abetting our enemies in Iraq. And “fraternizing” (euphemism) with the daughter of one of the detainees. And having an “improper relationship” (another euphemism) with an interpreter.
More from Associated Press:

BAGHDAD — A senior U.S. officer has been charged with nine offenses, including aiding the enemy and fraternizing with the daughter of a detainee while he commanded a military police detachment at an American detention facility near Baghdad, the military said Thursday.
Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele was accused of giving “aid to the enemy” by providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees.
Steele was the commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment at Camp Cropper, a U.S. detention center on the western outskirts of Baghdad, when the offenses allegedly occurred between October 2005 and February, military spokesman Lt. Col. James Hutton said.
Steele was being held in Kuwait pending a grand jury investigation, Hutton said.
The other charges included unauthorized possession of classified information, fraternizing with the daughter of a detainee, maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, storing classified information in his quarters and possessing pornographic videos, the military said.
Steele also was charged with improperly marking classified information, failing to obey an order and failing to fulfill his obligations in the expenditure of funds, the military said.

Yet another reason why fraternizing with the “local girls” is discouraged when we are at war, especially in the Muslim Mid-East.
And FYI, Camp Cropper replaced Abu Ghraib as the main detention facility for prisoners in the Baghdad area.
It’s interesting that one of our own soldiers betraying our country did not garner the attention and gasps of the mainstream media the way a few men wearing hoods in a pyramid at Abu Ghraib did.
Because the press doesn’t care about problems we face. Only “problems” the enemy faces.

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7 Responses

Best quote of the day:
“Because the press doesn’t care about problems we face. Only “problems” the enemy faces.”

justamomof4 on April 26, 2007 at 10:53 am

I am a conservative and the thing that has my blood boiling the most with President Bush is his mistreatment of and lack of concern for the safety of our troops.
He has allowed them to be treated like prisoners of war and has not given them the benefit of the doubt in politically charged situations such as the Haditha investigation spurred by the Murtha slime.
He has changed the rules of engagement to put our soldiers at higher risk for the sake of not so innocent civilians.
He has allowed the advancement of people like Col. Steele. Read the lowdown on him at this site http://www.exile.ru/2006-January-26/war_nerd.html,

Facts of Life on April 26, 2007 at 11:17 am

This is yet another example of the collapse of the checks-and-balances system from within itself. There are more “individuals” attempting to carve out their own legacy in all three branches at the expense of this nations’ fundamental tenets than ever before. We have greedy, treasonous fanatics all over the Legislative branch, “lawmakers” in the Judicial branch, and bumbling fools in the Executive branch moving without a shred of decisive resolve. To top it off, the first and second amendments are currently under attack. We have nowhere to go but up (I hope). If we ever needed real LEADERS, it is now more than ever!!!!

FreeAmerican on April 26, 2007 at 11:38 am

Yep, the unmonitored phone is not good.
But, what exactly is wrong with a little fraternization? It could improve relations between our military and the Iraqis. My understanding is that the Iraqis are tribal first, and nationalist third or fourth. Let the Col. become a member of the family. It might help.
Caveat, if he was tapping the nookie in exchange for the phone, then he’s got real problems.

zyzzyg on April 26, 2007 at 3:55 pm

justamomof4 wrote:
“…politically charged situations such as the Haditha investigation spurred by the Murtha slime,” and Ms (Ms doesn’t have a period since it’s not an abbreviation, but, thanks, Gloria Steinem!) Schlussel couldn’t agree with her more.
Well, the investigation was underway before Murtha “slimed” it–and he didn’t slime it, he just told us what the Brass (guys like Petraeus) told him. It wasn’t any more “politically charged” than Bush’s timely Mission Accomplished publicity stunt four long years ago and Murtha had nothing whatsoever to do with the guilty pleas and verdicts.
Think, please. Many of us are getting tired of the blame game that the right and the left employ when things don’t go their way. My suggestion is, try to avoid using the lazy “couldn’t agree with you more” nonsense.

bloodstomper on April 26, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more!

warpmine on April 26, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Good news regarding the innocent marines that have been charged with murder at Haditha. Turns out that one of our heroes kept the logs and tapes that will show that the Marines are innocent and Murtha was rushing to judgment without the facts.

ScottyDog on April 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm

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