Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Sunday, May 23, 2004

As the President falls from a bicycle the Washington Post, this morning, pushes responsibility for the procedures symbolized by Abu Ghirab further up a terrified and ready-to-spill-for-immunity command chain.
Readers of this blog certainly don’t need me to spell out the obvious humor inherent in the latest Presidential tumble as old Drudgie her-own-self headline’s the next President of the United States’ reaction:

Did the training wheels fall off?

I’m told all presidential pretzels are currently under protective lock-down so as to avoid further repeats of the generational Japanese Cookie-Toss Scenario.
Look for Laura and the girls to testify witnessing steadfast and even-keeled living quarter navigation as dark suggestions of alQaeda infiltration of a Crawford bicycle repair shop are floated.

Army Captn Donald J. Reese

Meanwhile the Washington Post obtained an audiotape of a preliminary hearing held at Camp Victory in Iraq on April 2, 2004.
Based on the contents of that tape, reporters called Janice Karpinski for her thoughts.
The highlights from tape and phone call:

372nd Military Police Company Commander Capt. Donald J. Reese will testify, in exchange for immunity, that Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez “was present during some ‘interrogations and/or allegations of the prisoner abuse’”.

Intelligence officers told [soldiers] the abuse of detainees on the cellblock was "the right thing to do."

Capt. Carolyn A. Wood, who supervised the military intelligence operation at Abu Ghraib, was "involved in intensive interrogations of detainees, condoned some of the activities and stressed that that was standard procedure."

Sanchez visited the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade's operation, which encompassed Tier 1A at Abu Ghraib, at least three times in October, according to Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski.

How Sheikh

Gilt and silvered bronze roundel from Mantua circa 1480-1500

When we last visited compulsive fine art shopper Sheikh Saud al-Thani of Qatar on May 1st, I described his purchase of a rediscovered Renaissance roundel for £7.9 million at Christie’s last December.
Thanks to the London Guardian and The Art Newspaper we get a peek at the dinner-plate-sized gilt and silvered bronze which sat, wrapped in paper, in a London cupboard for 50 years before it was purchased at 4 ½ times its high auction estimate by our cash-flush Sheikh.

Photos: Reuters, Washington Post, Art Newspaper

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