The Secretary of Defense is not ultimately responsible for what happens in Iraq, the Commander in Chief is. And we get a chance to fire him in a few months. Let’s not let it pass us by.
Update: The Washington Post also editorializes that Donald Rumsfeld is to blame. Once again I say that the President is ultimately responsible. Why don’t mainstream journalists have the guts to make that call? People have been complaining about abuses at Abu Ghraib for months now, so there’s no question that the administration knew about them (or had the opportunity to know about them), and President Bush has known about Rumsfeld’s policies since he originally announced them. He stood by his man, and now he needs to be held responsible. That said, read the editorial, it provides a good capsule summary of how we got to where we are.