Has Bush said one single solitary word about this? As far as I can tell, he has not.
Two US soldiers, missing for three days since their abduction in an insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad, were found dead, a military spokesman said yesterday. An Iraqi official said the Americans had been tortured and killed in a “barbaric” way.
Caldwell said that it was clear the soldiers had died of wounds suffered in captivity, rather than at the site of the attack on the checkpoint, but that the cause of death could not be immediately determined.
He declined to describe the condition of the soldiers’ bodies. Other officials suggested that the soldiers were so wounded or mutilated that they could not be positively identified.
The director of the Iraqi Defense Ministry’s operation room, Major General Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, said the bodies showed signs of having been tortured. “With great regret, they were killed in a barbaric way,” he said. He provided no further details.
According to residents of Youssifiyah and a relative of one of the victims, the soldiers were beheaded.
In telephone interviews, two Youssifiyah residents, Muyasar Ghalib al-Qaraghuli, 19, and a tribal leader who gave his name only as Abu Salam, described a gruesome scene in which insurgents beheaded and dismembered the soldiers after dragging their bodies behind pickup trucks.
Bush slouched out to the White House lawn to condemned the beheading of Nicholas Berg immediately after it was known that Berg had been killed, yet he won’t utter a word about two American soldiers who were captured, tortured and killed because he does not want to draw attention to what is actually happening in Iraq.
Hell, he did not even bother to contact the soldiers’ parents when their bodies were found on Monday.
Q Now that these missing soldiers have been ID’d, has the President made any attempt at all to reach out to their families that we know of?
MR. SNOW: I don’t know.