Rumsfeld Says He Offered to Resign Twice
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disclosed Thursday that he had offered President Bush his resignation twice during the height of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal last year. He said he wanted the decision on his future to be placed in Bush’s hands. “He made that decision and said he did want me to stay on,” Rumsfeld told CNN’s “Larry King Live,” according to a transcript provided by CNN before the program aired Thursday.
In the CNN interview Rumsfeld asserted, as he has many times in the past, that as defense secretary he could not be expected to know all that takes place in war zones halfway around the world. But he also indicated that he could have done more to head off the trouble.
Interesting. Rumsfeld allowed, during the height of attention to Abu Graib, that the country might be better off if he resigned if things got much worse. Apparently, Bush didn’t think so.