Douchebag of the Week: “I stand for eight-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours?” scribbled former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the infamous 2002 Haynes Memo authorizing his approval for interrogation and torture, revealed a recent article in “Vanity Fair.” While Rumsfeld’s comparison between standing on the job and standing in forced stress positions is ludicrous in itself, the memo also shows that torture was authorized by the Bush administration’s top officials and not on-the-ground military commanders, as the White House has repeatedly claimed. Rumsfeld’s note demonstrates his lack of concern for the legality or consequences of such an authorization. Perhaps it was standing too long on the job that caused Rumsfeld to make a nationally-damaging decision.
Awkward Moment of Honesty: “I would therefore pick al-Qaeda in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area,” said Ryan Crocker, the ambassador to Iraq, during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings. Senator Joe Biden forced Crocker to admit
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