Quote from Donald Rumsfeld in a Department of Defense press briefing, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005:
“Now, you know, I can’t go any farther in talking about it. Obviously, the United States does not have a responsibility when a sovereign country engages in something that they disapprove of…”
Excuse me, Mr. Rumsfeld, but wasn’t that the reason you gave us for sending troops to Iraq? Are you saying now that this war was prompted by a fundamental mistake in U.S. foreign policy, and should never have been started?
Read the entire text here. I recommend it, not least because it makes clear that General Peter Pace’s statement on the responsibility of U.S. soldiers regarding mistreatment of prisoners was made in response to Rumsfeld’s declaration of what he considered sufficient.
Secretary Rumsfeld then goes on to say, even more explicitly and enthusiastically, that addressing Iraq’s military and political problems should be the responsibility of the Iraqi people, not the United States. Shall we count on our loved ones being home for Christmas?