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New documentary puts Donald Rumsfeld on the hotseat about Iraq

As the U.S. mulls intervening in the Middle East again, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld wriggles out of straight answers on the Iraq war in Errol Morris’s new documentary, screening in Venice Wednesday. “The Unknown Known” takes its title from a 2002 speech Rumsfeld gave to justify the invasion. Asked…

Rumsfeld dismisses Obama as the ‘so-called commander-in-chief’

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama’s leadership had been so lacking on the issue of Syria that he only deserved the title of “so-called commander-in-chief.” “The essence of leadership, really, is clarity and a vision, and there hasn’t been one,” Rumsfeld told the…

Supreme Court affirms Rumsfeld’s immunity from torture lawsuits

U.S. military officials who engaged in ordering or carrying out the torture of individuals in custody can now rely upon an across-the-board legal defense that protects them from being sued for committing what amounts to an international crime, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling on Monday. The court affirmed an…

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