Truth or dare? |

Truth or dare?

I was shocked and appalled today to read that Donald Rumsfeld – our secretary of defense – is telling bald-faced lies to protect the administration. In two interviews on Thursday, Aug. 26, he summarized two reports on torture in Iraq, stating: “I have not seen anything thus far that says that the people abused were abused in the process of interrogating them, or for interrogation purposes.”

The problem is that the two reports – one by a panel Rumsfeld appointed, and the other by three Army generals – did find some of the abuse was connected to interrogation. The Army report concluded 13 of 44 abuses involved the interrogation process, while the other said, “We do know that some of the egregious abuses … did occur during interrogation sessions.”

I think the most amazing thing is that this member of the Cabinet apparently believes the American people are so stupid or ill-informed that they would accept his obvious lie, despite widespread publication of the truth just 24 hours earlier. Given his long and close relationship with President Bush, I assume his attitude reflects the administration’s disdain for the people they serve.

The only response I can imagine is to vote them out of office.

Stephen Munkelt

Grass Valley

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