November 11, 2006

The Fallen Guy

Marjorie Cohn, professor of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild makes the case that Rumsfeld should be tried for war crimes:

... Even though Rumsfeld didn't personally carry out the torture and mistreatment of prisoners, he authorized it. Under the doctrine of command responsibility, a commander can be liable for war crimes committed by his inferiors if he knew or should have known they would be committed and did nothing to stop of prevent them. The U.S. War Crimes Act provides for prosecution of a person who commits war crimes and prescribes life imprisonment, or even the death penalty if the victim dies. ...

Just go read the rest. She makes the case that in several instances at least, Rumsfeld had full knowledge of torture procedures as they were occurring and ended up sending detainees to their deaths by pawning them off to other countries to torture, a.k.a., extraordinary rendition. She reminds us that, "Rumsfeld suggested an attack on Iraq because he was deeply worried about the availability of "good targets in Afghanistan.""

And if the man who gives the order is culpable, what about his boss? Well, ... in a completely unrelated matter, Junior the Wastrel has appointed a new guy to take his orders, or perhaps his father's orders, which may conveniently coincide with plans to try and save the Republicans' electoral bacon next time out:

The United States won't rush to quit Iraq in the wake of Tuesday's mid-term elections, but it is possible Washington may soon adopt a new strategy of "phased troop withdrawals" leading to an exit before the 2008 presidential elections. ...

I have a feeling that at some point in all this, someone may have floated a plan for getting out of Iraq and Rumsfeld started to respond that 'we're leaving that country over my ...,' and stopped, as a chill went simultaneously down the spines of everyone present.

Sen. Reid, our incoming Senate Majority Leader (I really liked typing that, I may delete it and type it again, you'll never know), has said that a major focus of future congressional investigations will be Iraq. Obviously, yet another reason why Rumsfeld had to be thrown over the wall, though hearings should definitely do more than expose the lies. They need to point the way to an overhaul of the way intelligence information is gathered and evaluated to make sure that something like this can never happen again. As they say, no one is entitled to their own facts, particularly not when one happens to be in charge of a massive military organization.

This sort of mistake can't be tolerated, can't be allowed, and can't ever again be afforded. Not that anyone could afford it this time around.

Posted by natasha at November 11, 2006 02:07 AM | US News | Technorati links |

Starting in Germany.

Posted by: maidhc at November 11, 2006 02:43 AM