More evidence of Rumsfeld's culpability
So you're secretary of defense and have been informed that your troops have grotesquely violated the Geneva Conventions - on tape and JPGs - and you decide you don't want to look into it for months because you don't want to jeopardize the investigation? Are we really supposed to believe this? Now look at who Sy Hersh's source is: not an anonymous leaker, but a general of impeccable integrity and credibility whom the Pentagon had itself relied on to do the investigation. It doesn't get more damning than this.
The obvious explanation, of course, is much, much more plausible than Rumsfeld's ludicrous grandstanding. It is that Rumsfeld knew what he had authorized - and knew the consequences.