posted at 11:36 am on February 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Actually, Donald Rumsfeld did resign as Secretary of Defense after Abu Ghraib — twice. George W. Bush refused to accept both times, keeping Rumsfeld on at the Pentagon, where he turned into a lightning rod for criticism of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. ABC released the first part of Rumsfeld’s interview with Diane Sawyer (part 2 comes tomorrow), and Rumsfeld now believes that the country would have been better off if his former boss had taken his first offer:
But his biggest regret was staying in office during what he calls a period of “damaging distraction,” as photos of abused detainees at Abu Ghraib circulated around the globe. He twice wrote letters of resignation to the president, but was convinced to stay on both times.