Friday, February 04, 2005
In an interview with Larry King, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted that he had tendered his resignation twice during the Abu Ghraib scandals:
"I submitted my resignation to President Bush twice during that period and told him that ... I felt that he ought to make the decision as to whether or not I stayed on. And he made that decision and said he did want me to stay on," he told the programme Larry King Live.In other news, the chap who, in his utter disdain for the Constitution, devised a game plan removing the obvious legal impediments to that "atmosphere" was confirmed as America's top law-enforcement official by a 60-36 vote of the Senate.
But he said his conscience was clear.
"What was going on in the midnight shift in Abu Ghraib prison halfway across the world is something that clearly someone in Washington DC can't manage or deal with. And so I have no regrets," he said.
But Mr Rumsfeld said steps had been taken to prevent a recurrence of such abuses.
"We've made a lot of corrections to make sure that those kinds of things [that] happened either don't happen again or are immediately found out and limited and contained," he said.
In August an investigation found that senior Pentagon and military officials contributed to an atmosphere in which prisoners suffered abuse and failed to properly monitor conduct of detention policies.