Even as the woeful lack of equipment required by our troops in Iraq to reduce the chances that they’ll be killed on any given day has been all over the news lately, the ongoing revelations of torture all over the place in Iraq and Afghanistan go largely unmentioned outside the pages of newspapers. The zealous application of torture by American soldiers and civilians at the behest of the White House should have been the scandal that brought down the Bush administration, instead it’s just more background noise in the occupation of Iraq. I blame human nature.