Former US President George W. Bush issued a statement on Wednesday to commemorate his predecessor Donald Drumsfield After the news that Rumsfeld was 88 years old, as a “humorous and open-minded” cabinet member, he was concerned about the well-being of American soldiers.
Bush said: “On the morning of September 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld ran to the Pentagon fire to assist the wounded and ensure the safety of the survivors.” “For the next five years, he served as a wartime defense officer. Minister-he performed this duty with strength, skill and honor.”
Although Bush remembers Rumsfeld well, judging from the initial reaction to Rumsfeld’s death, history is likely not to treat their legacy well.
Bush and Rumsfeld achieved initial success after the United States went to war with the United States Afghanistan After the 9/11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
But these have given way to years of setbacks, the Iraq war based on misinformation, the international community’s strong opposition to the use of torture and military killings of civilians by the United States, and other controversies.
Rumsfeld notoriously said that the war with Iraq was based on the ideas of the then president of Iraq. Saddam Hussein Possession of weapons of mass destruction will be a short-term war.
Rumsfeld said in an interview in 2002: “I can’t tell you that the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks, or five months, but it will certainly not last longer.”
The editor of the American Independent, Oliver Willis, drew attention to this and the alleged involvement of Hussein Nuclear weapons program, Used to defend the war.
“I can’t tell you whether the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks, or five months. But it certainly won’t last longer”-Donald Drumsfield
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 30, 2021
The war lasted from March 2003 to December 2011, when President Barack Obama ended the conflict.However, the war was rekindled in 2013 because The spillover effects of the Syrian civil war, And saw that the United States carried out a lot of activities in Iraq before 2017.
The Iraq war caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, including tens of thousands of US troops. The total number of civilian deaths in Iraq is unknown.Iraqi Corpse Inventory Project Place numbers As of June 30, the death toll since 2003 was between 185,724 and 208,831.
Huffington Post editor George Zonik shared a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld on December 2, 2002, which authorizes a 20-hour interrogation, the use of phobias, and pressure postures.
During the Bush administration, these and other techniques were called “advanced interrogations.”They are determined to be Tortured By scholars and experts.
Zonick noticed that the Rumsfeld handwriting at the bottom challenged the 4-hour standing limit: “However, I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is the standing time limited to 4 hours”.
The torture memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on December 2, 2002 authorizes a 20-hour interrogation, undressing, use of phobias, and up to 4 hours of stressful posture.
Pay attention to his handwriting at the bottom: “But, I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours” pic.twitter.com/F34zbkJ5HQ
— George Zornick (@gzornick) June 30, 2021
Jameer Jarfer, director of the Knight’s First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and former deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said on Twitter: “The order issued by Rumsfeld has led to hundreds of people being detained by the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of prisoners have been abused and tortured. And Guantanamo Bay. This should be the top of every obituary.”
Rumsfeld’s order resulted in the torture and torture of hundreds of American prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. This should be at the top of every obituary.
— Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) June 30, 2021
As we all know, Rumsfeld had an initial conflict with Bush’s first Secretary of State Colin Powell when he took office. Powell has not yet issued a statement on his death.
However, Powell’s successor remembered him affectionately. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the first black woman to hold the position. She said on Twitter that she remembered the former Secretary of Defense as an “outstanding and loyal civil servant.”
Don Rumsfeld is a great and loyal civil servant. He is also a good friend and stable existence in the many tests of the world after 9/11. As a colleague and friend, I will miss him. Joyce and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) June 30, 2021
Rice said she would miss Rumsfeld, a “colleague and friend.”