Krauthammer on Abu Grahib
This is an excellent slam dunk on the hypocrisy the Democrats are showing towards Secretary Rumsfeld and the Abu Grahib prison problem:
Democrats calling for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation invoke the principle of ministerial responsibility: a Cabinet secretary must take ultimate responsibility for what happens on his watch. Interesting idea. Where was it in 1993 when the attorney general of the United States ordered the attack on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, which ended in the deaths of 76 people?
Janet Reno went to Capitol Hill and said, “It was my decision, and I take responsibility.” This was met with approving swoons and applause. Was she made to resign? No. And remember: This was over an action that did not just happen on her watch but that she ordered — an action that resulted in the deaths of, among others, more than 20 children.
Given the fact that when they were in power Democrats had little use for the notion of ministerial responsibility, their sudden discovery of it over Abu Ghraib suggests that this has little to do with principle.
Well done and well said. The call for Rumsfeld’s head is nothing more than gutter politicking, pure and simple. Good call on Krauthammer for calling the anti-Bush Dems on it.