I grabbed this today out of a story about the use of the word insurgents. It provides a fairly dismaying view of Rumsfeld views on stopping torture by Iraqi forces we’ve trained.
This time, it’s the Joint Chiefs chairman [Gen. Peter Pace], still new to the job, who isn’t marching to Rumsfeld’s orders.
When UPI’s Pam Hess asked about torture by Iraqi authorities, Rumsfeld replied that “obviously, the United States does not have a responsibility” other than to voice disapproval.
But Pace had a different view. “It is the absolute responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it,” the general said.
Rumsfeld interjected: “I don’t think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it’s to report it.”
But Pace meant what he said. “If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it,” he said, firmly.
Of course it’s our job to stop it. Jeezus H!
Now I have no illusions that Rumsfeld has a very skewed view on the world and war. His decisions pre and post war have been proven as being massively short-sighted. And this one is just as bad.
Time to give Rummy his gold watch and let him drift off into the sunset. Please Mr. President, do it now before he hurts our military’s credibility even more.