POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
I don't see how anyone can doubt the accuracy of General Sir Jackson's observations.
Hindsight has nothing to do with it. One cannot speak out when holding a high position during actual events.
It is an age-old dilemma: hold your tongue and do what you can do, including bearing witness later, or step down and be in a position to do or say nothing.
If you've read the words of Rumsfeld over the years of conflict, you have to know what a stubborn, brutal, and dishonest man he is.
After the fall of the Taleban to a combination of Northern Alliance forces and American bombing with B-52s, Rumsfeld said in public that prisoners should either be executed or walled-away for life.
These Nazi-like words alone tell us a great deal about the man.
And some of the warlords took him at his word because thousands of prisoners disappeared in the desert, suffocated in vans. And of course we experienced Abu Ghraib and the CIA's Torture Gulag.
Rumsfeld and his associates will almost certainly stand as some of the most disgraceful people ever to hold power in the United States.