Capitol Hill-AP -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the probe into Iraqi prisoner abuse is diverting attention from affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rumsfeld says "it's too bad, but that's life." He says an awful lot of military leaders are spending a lot of time on the topic -- which he says is something that needed to be addressed.
Rumsfeld spoke after he and some top generals gave an update on Iraq and other topics to top Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says Rumsfeld was forthcoming on a range of issues, and that he thanked Rumsfeld for keeping Congress in the loop. The defense chief had been criticized recently by some lawmakers for not informing them more about the prison abuse scandal.
People are tortured and all Rummy can say is "it's too bad, but that's life"?! Give me a freakin' break! The investigations of torture in America's gulags is taking focus away from affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan? On the contrary. The scandal that is growing puts US efforts in those countries in sharp relief, in the process letting us know that affairs there are anything but hunky dory. Rummy's only issue is that this same scandal is putting his feet and the feet of his bosses in the fire. He no likey. To take a Rummy quote and apply it properly: it's too bad, but that's life. If Rummy and the rest of the White House thugs choose to carry out all manner of human rights violations in the name of the American people, they deserve to have their noses rubbed into the mess they make. As far as I'm concerned, lock the whole lot of them up in the same cellblock as Saddam.