Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Quote of the Day, Part Deux: Rummy's Folly

"Obviously, the United States does not have a responsibility when a sovereign country engages in something that they disapprove of..."
-U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 11-29-05

Donald Rumsfeld's comment was in response to a question about recent reports of Iraqi abuse of prisoners and how the U.S. military should or should not respond to such atrocities, if encountered. Thankfully, General Peter Pace, also participating in the DOD briefing yesterday, contradicted Rummy and didn't back down in setting him straight. (Read the entire transcript here)

Nonetheless, Rummy's comment speaks volumes. And it certainly seems to contradict the entire basis for the war in Iraq. So what is the administration's position? Is everyone on the same page? What directives are being sent to the military from the administration? Who knows? One would think that the man who has served as Secretary of Defense for the last five years or so would know the policies and procedures of engagement associated with an ongoing war. Or...perhaps not.

I can't help but believe - and hope - that our military leaders are growing weary of the sheer incompetence of the Bush administration. And while they may not come out and say it publicly, there seems to be more and more talk that they ARE saying it privately. At least it's a start.


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