Fox News is running a story regarding some SEALs that has been picked up by a pack of right-wing blogs whose spin is, generally, "Look at how Obama is treating the military! Worse than the terrorists!"
Ummm. . . NO.
In Reality-Land, there are procedures to follow. You take a detainee, you photograph him as soon as possible. You continue to photograph him as you go through the steps of hand-over. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of them is to prevent allegations of detainee abuse.
If the Article 32 hearing says there is enough evidence for court-martial, and if there is a conviction, then that conviction will essentially be punishment for failing to follow these procedures, designed to protect both capturing units and detainees. And I will shake my head and go "Typical Special Operations dumb shit, these cowboys think they are above the rules."
If the Article 32 hearing results in dropped charges, or if the court-martial result in acquittal, then it is back to business as usual, chalk another one up for the good guys.
These policies and procedures exist because we are better than they are, and we are professionals. The Special Operations community is supposed to be a higher degree of professional, not some hopped-up cowboys out there acting like dumb-asses. I understand the temptation to punch a detainee because he won't shut up, but that is not an excuse to give in to it.
On the other hand, I'm disinclined to believe anything that comes out of the mouth of an Iraqi, especially a detainee, so the smart money is on a no-bill by the Article 32 hearing.
Oh, and for the record? Obama doesn't have a thing to do with it. Just sayin'