Friday, December 17, 2004This Asshole Has To Go
Yes, I'm talking about Rumsfeld. Don't get me wrong, Kerik was apparently a complete and utter scumbag by anyone's standards (see TPM for every gory little detail), but Rumsfeld is the fucking Queen Bitch Big Kahuna Major Fuckwad Scumbag.
He sends our troops into battle unprepared, with no exit plan. He dismisses them condescendingly when they ask -- not once but twice -- why they still lack sufficient armor 18 months after they arrived. He presides over both Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and now it appear that he very likely did specifically condone the entire ugly scenario:
The documents also show that officers from the CIA, the FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency lodged "heated" objections to the abusive methods of interrogation used by the military, denouncing them in previously secret memoranda as not only unethical but useless and destructive.
In the files released by the government, FBI officials with special expertise in counterterrorism and interrogation techniques recorded their ongoing debate with Army officers about the harsh, coercive techniques authorized by the Pentagon. They were as concerned about the efficacy of those methods -- which they believe often produce poor intelligence -- as with possible violations of law and regulations. But the commanders overseeing the military interrogations simply dismissed the sharp warnings of the law enforcement and intelligence officers.
The e-mail goes on to recall how, during the questioning of one prisoner, the Pentagon interrogators wanted to "pursue expeditiously their methods" to "get more out of him ... We were given a so-called deadline to use our traditional methods."
Scott Horton, a New York lawyer and president of the International League for Human Rights, has spent months investigating the role Bush administration officials played in the torture scandal. He says there is mounting evidence -- including the May 10 FBI e-mail -- that strongly suggests that Rumsfeld and his top intelligence aides were directly responsible for the wholesale abandonment of legal and ethical norms as well as international treaty obligations. Now that Republican senators and neoconservative ideologues are publicly turning their backs on the defense secretary, perhaps even he may someday be held accountable for this disgraceful stain on the honor of the U.S. armed forces.
I ask every Republican reading this: exactly what kind of administration is your guy running? How do you justify your support of these failed little men in their great big suits? Hell, even Trent fucking Lott is saying he doesn't have any faith in Rummy... when that rat's headed for the water, you know the ship's on its way down.
"I'm not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld," Lott, R-Mississippi, told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning. "I don't think he listens enough to his uniformed officers."
Oh yeah? Well where the hell were you six months ago? Twelve months ago? Twenty-one months ago, back when 1303 soldiers were still alive? Why didn't you mention something about this before, and what good is your vague disapproval supposed to do us now?
Here's my official prediction, recorded for posterity: Rumsfeld will be out within the year. As Bush's second, scandal-crippled term progresses to whatever nasty end awaits it, and the evidence of widespread, systematic abuse and torture in our assorted territorial holdings continues to mount, the Bush administration will spit him out like a maggoty grape, blame everything on him, do everything their feeble, devious little minds can concieve of to put some distance between him and them... and it will all be in vain. If you thought the Kerik fiasco was sickening/embarrassing/funny as hell, the Rumsfeld disaster is going to have you laughing till you puke.
God, I hate this administration. |