Last weekend, I watched a Frontline/Washington Post special entitled “Rumsfeld’s War” on cable TV (can’t remember which channel) that suggested the Iraq “war” (perhaps invasion would be a better word) was very much one man’s fanatical drive to bitch-slap the uniformed military command at the Pentagon into submission and turn the U.S. military into a lighter, faster, nimbler force. You can watch the 90-minute documentary online.
However, the mounting evidence from Iraq so far indicates that the highest leaders of the Bush administration are violating almost every international agreement relating to the rules of war. In particular, George Bush’s defense of the practice of using secret prisons to interrogate terrorist suspects was an attempt to redefine torture in his favour.
Despite bearing the brunt of the criticisms for failures in Iraq – from the decision to deploy a relatively small number of troops to the torture at Abu Ghraib prison – Rumsfeld has proved incredibly durable in office. As Robert Menendez, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, notes: “What [which] CEO of a company could ultimately perform the way that Secretary Rumsfeld has performed and still be at the head of that company? None.”
The late George Orwell, who survived a blitzkrieg over London in 1941, believed that when great wrongs have taken place, it is the duty of moral men and women to call attention to such acts regardless of who actually commits them.
For now I shall leave you with portions of the lyrics from Pink Floyd’s “The Dogs of War”:
Dogs of war and men of hate
With no cause, we don’t discriminate
Discovery is to be disowned
Our currency is flesh and bone
Hell opened up and put on sale
Gather round and haggle
For hard cash, we will lie and deceive
Even our masters don’t know the webs we weave
Invisible transfers, long distance calls
Hollow laughter in marble halls
Steps have been taken, a silent uproar
Has unleashed, the dogs of war
You can’t stop what has begun
Signed, sealed, they deliver oblivion
We all have a dark side, to say the least
And dealing in death is the nature of the beast
Don’t tolerate incompetence
Rumfeld’s Misuse of History
Paul Rockwell: The War Crimes Of George W. Bush & Donald Rumsfeld
Why Bush Will Become the Textbooks’ Worst President
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