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Friday, February 04, 2005

Rumsfeld Says He Offered to Resign Twice

Yahoo! News - Rumsfeld Says He Offered to Resign Twice

Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary reports that during the Abu Ghraib torture scandal he submitted his resignation in writting to President Bush twice. Rumsfeld brought this up last night on CNN's "Larry King Live" program. President Bush however asked him to stay on and did not accept either of the written resignations.

Rumsfeld felt that the allegations of torture at Abu Ghraib were so promintent in the international community that he could no longer serve effectively. Rumsfeld was quoted as saying, "The problem is, this kind of thing occurs in prisons across the country and across the world," he said. "And you have to know it's going to be a possibility. And therefore the training and the discipline and the doctrine has to be such that you anticipate that risk. And clearly, that wasn't done to the extent it should."

In related news:

Reuters - Rumsfeld Debating Whether to Avoid Germany

The Defense Secretary is considering whether or not he will show up at a security conference in Germany next week. Rumsfeld had a criminal complaint filed against him on Nov. 30 in Germany where he was accused of war crimes also in connection with the Abu Ghraib scandal. Rumsfeld says, "I have not made a final decision on that (attendance). And there are several factors."

The complaint in queston was submitted by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is a group of lawyers who are representing Iraqis from the scandal.


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