In response to Brian Cooney's letter in Sunday's paper stating, "Abuse is more evidence of incompetence," I wish to express that I feel Mr. Cooney's statement was premature, since in the Saturday edition of The Washington Post there was an article that pointed the finger at Congress not President Bush and the Pentagon. It noted that the Pentagon notified the Foreign Relation Committee and 17 members of Congress on Jan. 14, 2004, that there was abuse happening in the Abu Ghraib prison. With this information at hand, not a one of the 17 members of Congress followed up with the Pentagon on the latest abuse warning, or checked to see if the military unit in charge was correcting the problem.
The military unit in charge of the prison prior to January was a Regular Army unit but since January it has been run by a National Guard Unit, which is when all the problems seemed to break loose. I think this shows the difference in the training and experience that the regular military units have over the National Guard units.