Get rid of Rumsfeld

May 10th, 2004 – 9:13 pm
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While President Bush was out today saying that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was “doing a superb job” (which, given how the war is going, is a bizarre claim even without the torture scandal), the Army Times was joining the long list of people wanting Rumsfeld to resign (or be fired).

This was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level. This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability here is essential — even if that means relieving top leaders from duty in a time of war.

Apparently the President doesn’t quite grasp the idea that just punishing a few soldiers is hardly going to make the rest of the world think we’re either sorry the torture happened or are especially determined to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Of course, when has any member of this administration actually taken responsibility for any of the mistakes they’ve made?

More insight on the topic from Julie (of Sisyphus Shrugged), from Juan Cole (of Informed Comment), and from Dwight (of Wampum).

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