War Criminal Donald Rumsfeld

Some real infuriating shit, via Sullivan, via Hersh, on the war criminal Donald Rumsfeld:

In the meeting, the officials professed ignorance about Abu Ghraib. “Could you tell us what happened?� Wolfowitz asked. Someone else asked, “Is it abuse or torture?� At that point, Taguba recalled, “I described a naked detainee lying on the wet floor, handcuffed, with an interrogator shoving things up his rectum, and said, ‘That’s not abuse. That’s torture.’ There was quiet.�

Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker

This article is just unbelievable. Embarrassing. Sick. The United States under George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. It starts at the top and oozes down.

“I know that my peers in the Army will be mad at me for speaking out, but the fact is that we violated the laws of land warfare in Abu Ghraib. We violated the tenets of the Geneva Convention. We violated our own principles and we violated the core of our military values. The stress of combat is not an excuse, and I believe, even today, that those civilian and military leaders responsible should be held accountable.â€?

General Taguba

Our two choices are, as they have long been: incompetent or criminal? I’d say: both. . . Rumsfeld is not dumb. he knew and knows the consequences of what he approved. He is a war criminal, subject to prosecution.

Andrew Sullivan

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