Notice how quickly Abu Ghraib became a non-issue once the Democrats and the media realized most Americans approved heartily.
I don’t think I’d go with “heartily approve”, but it certainly didn’t seem like much of a tragedy to the American citizenry. There’s a big whiff of being hoisted by one’s own petard here, though. Americans tend to have very different ideas about what’s acceptable in war zones vs. peace. I suspect that much of the unconcern about the abuse at Abu Ghraib is because Iraq is percieved by the American citizenry as a lawless war zone, in which case Abu Ghraib is part and parcel of the ugliness of war. Why do Americans view Iraq that way? Because of the relentless drum beat of bad news by Big Media, the same gang who tried to pump up the abuses at Abu Ghraib.
It shows something about the mental universe Big Media inhabits these days that they can portray Iraq in that manner yet still expect Americans to react to events there as if Iraq were a garden of peace and prosperity.