I predicted a couple months ago, pre-blog, that Rumsfeld didn't know it yet, but he was resigning. Well, needless to say, that hasn't happened, and frankly, I becoming discouraged. I really hate it when my predictions don't come true.
This piece in today's Boston Globe gives me hope. Here the first few paragraphs:
The time has come for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to leave his Pentagon post, either by dismissal or resignation.
Two separate reports this week make it clear that Rumsfeld and other top Pentagon officials were ultimately responsible for the sadistic abuse of prisoners in Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib.
A report by four-member panel headed by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger traced the mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq to failures that went all the way up the chain of command in the Pentagon.
Another military report Wednesday said 27 persons attached to intelligence agencies, as well as four private contractors, participated in abuses, some tantamount to torture, of prisoners.
"We discovered serious misconduct and a loss of moral values," said Army Gen. Paul Kern, head of the investigation. This gives lie to early Pentagon efforts to paint the prison abuses as the work of a handful of low-level MPs, acting out their frustrations.
The Kern report also noted that eight "ghost detainees" were concealed from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). One of them died in custody.