Would someone ask John McCain how he feels about Donald Rumsfeld’s DoD deciding to pull information about the Geneva Conventions out of the Army Field Manual?
But the exclusion of the Geneva provisions may make it more difficult for the administration to portray such incidents as aberrations. And it undercuts contentions that U.S. forces follow the strictest, most broadly accepted standards when fighting wars.
"The rest of the world is completely convinced that we are busy torturing people," said Oona A. Hathaway, an expert in international law at Yale Law School. "Whether that is true or not, the fact we keep refusing to provide these protections in our formal directives puts a lot of fuel on the fire."
It’s not enough that there has been no oversight in the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress on the Presidential signing statements (including the one that pretty much gutted executive branch adherence to the McCain Torture Amendment), now they’ve decided that soldiers don’t need to follow Geneva prohibitions on humiliation of prisoners.
Even Tony Cordesman is giving Rummy an F these days. Someone explain to me again why Donald Rumsfeld still has a freaking job as SecDef?
UPDATE: Forgot to add that at least the ABA has had the balls to step up to the plate and look into the Presidential signing statements issue. If it weren’t for Charlie Savage at the Boston Globe, we’d have no news on this at all. Hello, rest of the media establishment — wake up, your constitution is calling.