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 Myers said he had fought the good fight before the President's decision. The sense was, if the President wanted to dismiss Geneva, what was a mere four-star general to do?

And yet, in his book Myers claims, "Showing respect for the Geneva Conventions was important to all of us in uniform."   Right. What seems clear is that Myers was well chosen by Rumsfeld as a tall good-looking blue Air Force suit not likely to stand on principle. Sadly, none of the uniformed suits summoned the courage to speak out.

On Thursday evening, what Rumsfeld, Mukasey, Fleischer, and Medved seemed to be saying, in effect, was, "Principle. C'mon! Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything."

I can say that in preparation for attending the session, I subjected myself to a different sort of torture, reading Rumsfeld's banal memoir on the train to New York. In case you were wondering, he apparently forgot to include in his book any mention of the Senate Armed Services Committee report on torture. 

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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
 
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