Very well reasoned. And the super-conspiracy is an interesting idea, but I don't think so (naive, I guess).
Rick Ballard at Roger's site was the first I've seen to draw a picture (based on some dot-connecting by blogger Greyhawk) that SSgt Frederick's defense lawyer Gary Myers (former lawyer of Lt. Calley in a certain case uncovered by Seymour Hersh -- hmm) could have passed information to Hersh -- which Hersh might have been delighted to run with.
The motive of Myers would be to compromise Frederick's superiors, who (as indeed it has turned out) have been forced by events to condemn publicly the actions of the accused. Those who know the military better than I say that 'command influence' over a court martial can be a case-breaker.
I can't say, but it seems to pass the plausibility test, anyway.
By the way, it looked to me like Rumsfeld had *seriously* considered offering his resignation (for the good of the country), and had decided at least for now not to (also for the good of the country). Bush won't toss him out, not for this, in which Rumsfeld really has acquitted himself pretty well.
Oh, guess what. Just saw today's New York Times piece by James Dao and Eric Lichtblau.
It seems that Frederick's uncle says that in *March* he contacted David Hackworth's office, which put him in touch with 60 Minutes II.
There's one big piece of the puzzle accounted for, and it seems to fit.
You're "thinking in a conspiratoral manner"?
Can't imagine why you'd think that only 'crackpots and loonies' figure that something strange is going on.
You and I do not agree philosophically, but you're getting warmer when you say "this whole thing just seems too awful and too weird to be on the level".
My first reaction to the CBS story was, why now? why are we being bombarded with these images? why are they everywhere in the mainstream media?
Lots of people suspect a media-leak that was done on purpose. I'm pretty slow to catch on, but I think probably ... that's right on the mark.
All conspiracy. No theory.
Gee, I dunno why CBS decided to release the pics now. I heard that it was because of (cough the upcoming election cough) them already being in the hands of Al-Jazeera and folks like that.
I looked at the pictures and something didn't quite fit.
There was no furtiveness, not sense that the soldiers were aware of the danger that they were in for doing these things, much less photgraphing them.
In fact, they looked like they were posing for pictures that everyone would see, fresh American faces plain for the cameras--while, oddly, most Iraqi faces were hidden.
Odd pictures of an odd situation.
Conspiracy? It looks like I'm not the only one who's feeling uneasy about the....conveinience of these photos.