Bush spoke at a press conference today and congratulated Rumsfeld, saying: “You are doing a superb job.”
I was tempted to post one of the pictures of the MPs giving the thumbs up and congratulating Rumsfeld as well, but as cynical as I am, I can’t bring myself to use those pictures in mockery of this administration. It’s base and even I can’t stand those kinds of jokes.
The fact is, Rumsfeld and his generals tried to cover this mess up three times and it took photographic proof to surface for them to even acknowledge that oh… maybe there was a huge fucking torture problem in Iraq.
I’m not going to rush to makeout of this (like a certain senator whose name starts with “J” and ends with “ohn Kerry”), but it wouldn’t be overly eager of a court to subpoena memos from Rumsfeld’s office on the subject of Iraq prisoners and determine whether he should answer questions about what he knew and why it was allowed to continue. At the very least he is likely to be culpable of conspiracy to defy Geneva conventions (or whatever the official charge may be).
Speaking of Geneva conventions, why hasn’t anyone brought them up? I hear a lot of invectives being thrown around at these MPs who were complicit in, but I don’t hear anything about war crimes… if the shoe fits, we better not play the hypocrite in front of the world.
But then again, maybe that’s what Bush means when he says “superb job”. Rumsfeld has done a superb job of making sure that no one realizes just how war tribunal illegal this whole fiasco is.
[Image Caption: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld finishes his opening remarks as he testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Friday, May 7, 2004, in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)]