Thursday, December 01, 2005

Rummy & General Pace Disagree Over Torture

While acknowledging that "inhumane behavior is obviously worrisome" Donald Rumsfeld indicated U.S. troops who observe Iraqi forces abusing their captives are not obliged to physically stop it, but only to report it. General Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff disagrees, strongly.
GEN. PACE: It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene to stop it. As an example of how to do it if you don't see it happening but you're told about it is exactly what happened a couple weeks ago. There's a report from an Iraqi to a U.S. commander that there was possibility of inhumane treatment in a particular facility. That U.S. commander got together with his Iraqi counterparts. They went together to the facility, found what they found, reported it to the Iraqi government, and the Iraqi government has taken ownership of that problem and is investigating it. So they did exactly what they should have done.

SEC. RUMSFELD: But I don't think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it's to report it.

GEN. PACE: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it.


At 4:58 PM, Blogger Andrea Lawrence-Stuart said...

I watched as Gen Pace affirmed what he actually meant and was actually proud of Gen Pace for that. I am sure they must have had a conversation about it later, and I'd love to have been a fly on the wall. I just wonder though if Pace will be the CJCS for long. I hope so. It's been said that wasn't the first or last time Pace has clarified his position and not been intimidated by Rumsfeld. This Rumsfeld is a chilling presence. It is not good for our image for Rumsfeld to say "I don't think you mean theyahve an obligation to physically stop it; it's to report it." In other words, a school bully is beating on another kid, and he thinks the fight should continue and only after one has been hurt or seriously injured should it be reported. But this is the US Secretary of Defense! This nation is in the hands of fiends! (not a typo)


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