November 09, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Let me put this as simply as I can: Rumsfeld has blood on his hands - American and Iraqi blood. He also directly ordered and personally monitored the torture of military detainees. He secured legal impunity for his own war crimes, but that doesn't mean the Congress shouldn't investigate more fully what he authorized. He remains one of the most incompetent defense secretaries in history (McNamara looks good in comparison). But he is also a war criminal: a torturer who broke the laws of this country. The catastrophe in Iraq will stain him for ever. His record of torture has indelibly stained the United States."
-Andrew Sullivan, on the thankfully now-former SecDef. Makes it even crazier that John Boehner referred to Rummy as "the best thing that's happened to the Pentagon in 25 years," which is one good reason why Boehner is now the former House Majority Leader. I mean, what about all the Secretaries of Defense who actually won wars? Posted by Stephen Silver at November 9, 2006 11:13 AM

"...what about all the Secretaries of Defense who actually won wars?"

That would be Dick Cheney if you conider Gulf War 1 a win, plus Cap Weinberger if you consider Grenada a "war." Vietnam was a loss, Korea was a draw, and before that the Defense Department didn't exist. Funny how our record seems to have been so much better before then.

Posted by: Dave J at November 11, 2006 09:41 AM
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