Sunday, August 29, 2004

Rummy: Abuse? What abuse?

One sometimes wonders whether our politicians in this country actually read anything. Maybe they're too busy plotting the next intelligence disaster, phony made-up war, or whatever. Case and point, yesterday's bit of news from the NYT. Apparently, Rummy (in an interview) denied that any abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad happened during interrogations.
"I have not seen anything thus far that says that the people abused were abused in the process of interrogating them or for interrogation purposes."
How interesting. Apparently he didn't read this report. Or perhaps this other report also missed his attention? As the NYT put it today:
The reports, one by a panel Mr. Rumsfeld had appointed and one by three Army generals, made clear that some abuses occurred during interrogations, that others were intended to soften up prisoners who were to be questioned, and that many intelligence personnel involved in the interrogations were implicated in the abuses. The reports were issued Tuesday and Wednesday.
In multiple interviews he made multiple mistatements, some outright false and others gross mischaracterizations. I'm beginning to wonder who the dumbest person in the administration is.

It continues to bug me that he's still around, but it seems clear that nobody is going to be called to task for anything.

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