- In his hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee,
Rumsfeld said that he accepted full responsibility for his actions in the
matter at hand, namely the torture and mistreatment of people inside US
prisons in Iraq.
- But "accepting responsibility" for anything
is more than just a phrase, more than a simple admission: with that goes
the critical and often overlooked responsibilities that must flow from
the admission, which is the last full measure of the truth or lack thereof,
contained within those self-damning words.
- This administration has gone out of its way to avoid
ever apologizing for any of their actions in any arena where they have
loosed their raging engines of destruction-this has been especially true
inside Iraq. Given that the scandal began in August of 03, was reported
on in January 04, and the files were only reviewed by Rummy the day before
his hearing, May 04: Rumsfeld cannot now claim that anything like an active
aggressive search for perpetrators or those responsible for these acts
was ever undertaken. In fact some of those involved who have been reprimanded
for their actions, have already returned to duty.
- One of the things Rummy cited,
to justify the reasons for all the delays was that the personnel involved
were scattered to a variety of locations, thus complicating possible interrogations,
and any possible actions against them. If they were serious they would
just arrest everyone involved all the way up the chain of command,
including general officers and confine them. They should all be in the
same prison, preferably Guantanimo, and then we could get to the bottom
of the whole affair within a week. They have thousands of photographs and
at least two videos, hello how much more evidence is needed? Still
Rummy sat there and told the members of the committee that this was the
case-and apparently they bought it-because he left that room with his head
and his job intact. Is congress in on this farce, where was their testosterone
level and why weren't the truly hard questions ever asked?
- Where was the real outrage over this affair, this was
not about the Senator's turf, but about the substance of what is being
alleged? What exactly was Rummy "sorry" for? Was it because these
events were finally publicized; because they happened at all; or was it
because he and his superiors might have to take the fall for them? No one
asked this question! This episode is a farce from beginning to end, because
it is well known that one of the founding principles for The Bush Doctrine
of 2002, is exactly this kind of treatment for anyone who opposes them.
- It has seemingly never occurred to Bush & the Bandits
that the reason no one will join in our campaign of annihilation is because
other nations as well as the UN tend to look at what we do, and not at
what we say we're doing, inside Iraq and elsewhere.
- In his further attempts to divert the inquiry, Rummy
tried to lay blame, for the snails-pace of the investigations, on the administrations
concerns for "the rights of the accused." This is directly contrary
to what happens to all those they have bludgeoned, and then rounded up
without charges, to hold them for months, sometimes years without even
recording their names. But let any of the captors be accused of a crime,
and we immediately revert to all the rulebooks (pre-911) that we have now
burned when it comes to the treatment of Americans, or those identified
only as "others." If we're allowed protections under the Geneva
conventions then all people should have those protections.
- Bush and Rummy have both casually mentioned that the
Geneva Conventions do not apply to what we choose to do with those we capture
in our falsely flagged War on Terror. The truth is that wherever the Geneva
Conventions are concerned, this resident of the Tarnished House is acting
beyond his pay grade. Whenever he unilaterally overrules these internationally
recognized conventions, to which the USA is a signatory, he is exceeding
- Yet the Bandits demand these same Geneva conventions
be observed for all of ours who might be captured, and we demand every
avenue of the law be available to criminal defendants, when it's one of
their sadistic thugs that we've employed to do this garbage in our names.
- How is it possible to sit silently in a committee hearing
and not have anyone scream about this obscenity--this outrageous double
standard? That's easy; because the committee and their benefactors were
part of the sponsoring authority that created the Bush Doctrine in the
first place and they probably all voted for it!
- Where does this leave the state of the Republic now,
and how much of this is our responsibility as well? We turned a blind eye
when The Bandits stole their way into office. We remained silent when the
criminals from Iran-Contra were installed throughout key positions in this
government. Not a whimper, no investigation, just a rubber stamp from that
spineless bunch of traitors in both the congress, and the media. http://slate.msn.com/id/2100014/
- Now we begin to see what this was all about. Over the
course of events since 1991, we've lost thousands of our people we've killed
perhaps a million more and for what? For Halliburton, for Brown &
Root, for Bechtel for blood-drenched money at a premium in the lives
of our citizens, and our treasure, plus the deaths of so many faceless
people that we considered less-than-human! http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=2490
- This not only happened on Rumsfeld's watch, this happened
on the watch of Cheney-Bush as well. Impeachment proceedings need to begin
immediately for all those conspirators who planned his nightmare, and they
each need to be impeached (charged), and tried in public for what they
tried to do using our military and an army of mercenary thugs to re-write
the laws and practices of war for their own personal power plays.
- When responsibility is finally looked at, then this needs
to go all the way to where the buck actually stops. Not to where Bush says
that it stops, but to that actual last bastion of responsibility, and that
lies inside the now Tarnished House.
- This is happening because it's all just a spin off of
911. And because there has not been a competent investigation of the triggering
events of that day, we are finally seeing the real point behind those attacks,
which was to terrify the American public. What remains hidden is that these
proceedings concern events that are only a rehearsal, for what is planned
for us. This will be our fate, just as soon as that can be arranged through
yet another "attack upon this nation." Once that happens, the
Bandits can finally get to Martial Law, and then we'll all have the chance
to regret that we did not act to end this nightmare here and now!