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05/09/2004 Archived Entry: "Government officials and "taking responsibility""

HADN'T YOU JUST BEEN WONDERING ABOUT THAT "TAKING RESPONSIBILITY" THING? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "taking responsibility" this week for the abuse of Iraqis was so very like Janet Reno "taking responsibility" for Waco.

"I take responsibility." I don't resign. Don't go to prison. Don't pay a fine. Don't pay restitution. Don't face the family members or the abused and ask what I can do to make amends. Don't come out and oppose the injustices of the war. But "I take responsibility."

Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek has a forceful analysis of this and the bigger Bush II picture. Making us hated around the world is not going to make us safe.

Posted by Claire @ 08:11 AM CST

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