Connecting the Dots to Donald Rumsfeld

"What sets us apart from our enemies in this fight ... is how we behave. In everything we do, we must observe the standards and values that dictate that we treat noncombatants and detainees with dignity and respect. While we are warriors, we are also all human beings. "- General David Petraeus, May 10, 2007

It runs 263 pages and it makes for chilling if mystifying reading on a hotter than hell San Francisco night. Formally its title is An Inquiry Into The Treatment of Detainees in US Custody (pdf.) and it is the result of an 18-month inquiry by Senate Armed Services Committee chaired by Carl Levin of Michigan.

The Levin Report documents how some of the techniques -- stripping detainees, placing them in "stress positions" or depriving them of sleep - used by the American military at prisons in Afghanistan, in Iraq and at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba originated in a series of high-level meetings in 2002, without a single dissent from Cabinet members or lawmakers even though several branches of the US military cited "serious concerns regarding the legality of many of the proposed techniques" and stated that "techniques described may be subject to challenge as failing to meet the requirements outlined in the military order to treat detainees humanely..."

The Levin Report shows that largely at the request of then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the United States for the first time officially embraced the brutal methods of interrogation it had always condemned and had long felt to hold no intelligence value.

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Gen. Shelton Endorses, Obama Thinks Rumsfeld OK

Ask Army Major General Antonio Taguba (Ret.) what he thinks of Donald Rumsfeld. (Gen. Taguba is one of 28 flag officers -- including, today, General Henry Hugh Shelton (two-term Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) -- who have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Gen. Taguba endorsed Sen. Clinton because of her "unequivocal opposition to the use of torture under any circumstances" [NoQuarter story].)  

Let Sy Hersh tell the story of how Gen. Taguba told the the truth in the report he was assigned to write about Abu Ghraib and, for that, was ridiculed by then Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.  Gen. Taguba's career was "shunted," says Hersh, and he was "forced out" of the military. Now hear what Barack Obama thinks of Donald Rumsfeld:

Breaking today: General Henry Hugh Shelton has endorsed her to be the Nation's next Commander-in-Chief:  

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Someone Tell McCain

At least Hillary and Barack appear to understand the damage that has been inflicted on our Army and Marines because of our continued presence in Iraq.  According to CNN:

The Iraq war has strained U.S. forces to the point where they could not fight another large-scale war, according to a survey of military officers.     

Of those surveyed, 88 percent believe the demands of the Iraq war have "stretched the U.S. military dangerously thin."

On the other hand, 56 percent of the officers disagree that the war has "broken" the military.

Eighty percent of officers believe it is unreasonable to expect the U.S. military to wage another major war successfully at present.

Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for a New American Security on Tuesday issued the U.S. Military Index, a survey of 3,400 present and former U.S. military officers.

"We asked the officers whether they thought the U.S. military was stronger or weaker than it was five years ago," said Michael Boyer, who helped write the report.

"Sixty percent said the U.S. military is weaker than it was five years ago," Boyer told reporters.

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An Interview With Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author Fred Kaplan


The topic below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as The Wild Wild Left, the Independent Bloggers Alliance, The Peace Tree and Worldwide Sawdust.

Most Americans are eager to turn the page on the Bush years. Yet even as we elect a new president we're still coming to terms with an era that has both tarnished America's reputation and diminished its influence.

Fred Kaplan chronicles the folly of the Bush years in his new book, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power (John Wiley & Sons).

Kaplan writes that,

"Nearly all of America's blunders in war and peace these past few years stem from a single grand misconception: that the world changed after 9/11, when in fact it didn't.

Certainly, things about the world changed, not least Americans' sudden awareness that they were vulnerable. But the way the world works - the nature of power, warfare, and politics among nations - remained essentially the same."

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Bumper stickers, bin Laden, and more Bait and Switch

In case you missed it there has been some breaking notable news, regarding how GWOT was conducted, here you go.

Daily Mail UK

by DAVID GARDNER -- Nov 1, 2007

The notes underlined Rumsfeld's determinationto 'keep elevating the threat' linking Iran to Iraq and of his interest in developing 'bumper sticker statements' to rally support for an increasingly unpopular war.

Rumsfeld wrote as many as 20 to 60 memos a day during his controversial tenure. ticles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id =491165&in_page_id=1811

(It would be easy to have missed this since the Corporate Media has mostly ignored it.)

For more Post-it Notes from the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld, read on ...

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