I said it after Abu Ghraib, and I will say it again: Rumsfeld should resign.
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1. Posted by daniellep on May 20, 2005 @ 3:14 | Permalink
What about his boss resigning, or better yet, getting impeached by a citizenry invested in respecting human rights for (sometimes innocent) prisoners being beaten to death? This is not democracy-building, nor 'freedom' in any sense of the word. Guantanamo, Abu Grhaib, Bagram: three strikes, this is not random abuse, frat pranks, nor a few bad apples - by now, it qualifies as programmatic in my book.
From Tim Golden's report today in NYT: "Nor were the rules of engagement very clear. The platoon had the standard interrogations guide, Army Field Manual 34-52, and an order from the secretary of defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, to treat prisoners "humanely," and when possible, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. But with President Bush's final determination in February 2002 that the Conventions did not apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda and that Taliban fighters would not be accorded the rights of prisoners of war, the interrogators believed they "could deviate slightly from the rules," said one of the Utah reservists, Sgt. James A. Leahy.
2. Posted by Jake on May 21, 2005 @ 10:32 | Permalink
Dear God! Two years ago, seven American soldiers abused prisoners! We know about this because... the armed forces investigated the abuses and prosecuted those responsible.
Clearly, if any of Rumsfeld's subordinates ever commit a crime, it was done with his (and KKKarl Rove's) knowledge, and Rumsfeld should resign (nay, be executed) immediately!