May 9, 2004
Donald Rumsfeld should resign as U.S. secretary of defense. If he lacks the decency and courage to do so, President Bush should fire him. A river of shame washes over America because of the deaths, torture and humiliation of prisoners held by the American military in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. Prosecuting a few grunts who used torture tactics (and were depraved enough to grin while doing it) will not expiate this shame.
May 4, 2003 |
When Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Baghdad, State Department officials back in Washington held their breath. Would Rumsfeld meet publicly with Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi in Baghdad on Wednesday and silently anoint him the new leader of Iraq, a policy both explicitly banned by the White House and stubbornly pursued by the Pentagon? He didn't, but the fear that he would was a small illustration of how Rumsfeld has injected himself into international affairs more than any Defense secretary in a decade or more.
September 6, 2002
Q: In some ways, [al-Qaeda] is a virtual enemy. . . . they have leaders and they have budgets . . . but they don't have a country and they don't have headquarters. . . . Donald Rumsfeld: One thing about the world you described is that it learns every day. It goes to school on you. It watches how you're behaving and then alters and adjusts at relatively little cost, relatively little time, relatively little training. . . . And our changes tend to be slower, costly and visible. Their changes can be cheaper, quicker, and for a period . . . invisible.
August 27, 2004
DEATH. Rape. Beatings. And finally the word that truly captures what happen in Abu Ghraib: torture. Those are the descriptions you'll find in the damning 280-page Army report issued this week on the abuses and tortures conducted on Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces. What Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon tried to paint as the acts of a few rogue soldiers was so much more. Here's a taste of what happened in January of this year, straight from the Army report: "Soldier 17 witnessed an MP dog handler allowing his black dog to 'go nuts' on two juvenile detainees . . . permitting the dog to get within about a foot of the two juveniles.
November 13, 2006 |
Looks like we won't have Donald Rumsfeld to kick around anymore. Ding-dong, the Wicked Witch is dead. Circle the date in red. In announcing his resignation Wednesday, the morning after voters angry over Iraq delivered the GOP an epochal, sea-to-shining-sea beatdown, Rumsfeld - albeit at metaphorical gunpoint - shows us something we have not seen from a political leader in a very long time. It's called accountability. You are forgiven if you don't know the word. Who can blame you?
February 2, 2004 |
When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reached for judges to hear legal appeals of terrorism suspects, he chose a Bucks County senior judge who has been a good friend and sometime neighbor. In the week before he turned 73 on Jan. 5, Edward G. Biester Jr. was among four lawyers whom Rumsfeld selected to form the Pentagon's Military Commission Review Panel. A Rumsfeld spokesman said the panel was intended to hear appeals of military tribunal cases of people suspected of being terrorists or those who harbored them, incarcerated anywhere in the world.
May 17, 2004
IT WASN'T LONG after the abuses of Abu Ghraib became known that the calls for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation started in earnest. From the Senate floor to the editorial pages of newspapers across the country, the message was the same: The embattled Secretary of Defense, who essentially claimed ignorance of the casual torture of Iraqi prisoners, had to go. This page didn't join the choir then, essentially for one reason. We knew Rumsfeld wouldn't resign and George Bush wouldn't let him, not in an election year.
February 10, 2011 |
"I N OUR WORLD, narratives and theories get strung out over a period of time until it's like they're chiseled in stone as truth - notwithstanding the fact they are totally based in midair without any roots or substance. " - Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, speaking last night at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia. Rumsfeld wasn't talking about the controversial run-up to the Iraq War - when cases for weapons of mass destruction there and terror ties to al Qaeda vanished into that very same ether.
November 9, 2004 |
The terrorists' Ramadan offensive escalated last weekend, inviting martial law in Iraq and our counterattack to oust the occupiers of Fallujah. A pitched battle where firepower is decisive is a loser for guerrilla fighters. Iraq will then proceed to elections, the United Nation's unhelpful Kofi Annan notwithstanding. Thus the public side of the Bush administration's internal transition - that unnamed 80 days of relief, regeneration and reaching out between reelection and second inauguration - will be overshadowed during what we hope will be climactic fighting.
May 12, 2004
Rumsfeld should stay Looking for that "Vietnam moment," you satisfied your itch for turning the country against the war with the May 9 editorial and its huge headline "Donald Rumsfeld must resign, or be fired. " A recent poll showed that most Americans thought Rumsfeld should not resign at this point. It showed Americans are filled with common sense, rather than living in an elite, liberal, antiwar echo chamber. First, we don't know all the facts. Your interest in canning Rumsfeld now seems a bit hasty, to say the least.