Armitage: “I Should’ve Resigned”

Thursday, April 16, 2009


With the threat of criminal prosecution looming over him in Spain, in an interview to be aired on Thursday, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, told Al Jazeera English that he “did not know torture was going on” in the Bush administration.

In retrospect, if he knew about the mistreatment, Armitage now says he would have resigned:

AL JAZEERA: ” So when you knew that the administration of which you were a part was departing from the Geneva Conventions and sidelining them, why didn’t you quit?”

ARMITAGE: “In hindsight maybe I should’ve. But in those positions you see how many more battles you have. You maybe fool yourself. You say how much worse would x, y, or z be if I weren’t here trying to do it? So torture is a matter of principle as far as I’m concerned. I hope, had I known about it at the time I was serving, I would’ve had the courage to resign.”

Armitage, who agreed to be waterboarded as part of SERE training, said in 2008 that he “absolutely” believes the practice is torture. “I’m ashamed that we’re even having this discussion,” he said of the debate over torture.

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5 Responses to Armitage: “I Should’ve Resigned”

  1. TOM339 says:

    What a truly despicable man.

    Armitage reminds me of convicted murderers who suddenly “get religion” once they’re on death row.

    He was the Deputy Secretary of State which means he was in the room when both Bush and Cheney green-lighted torture at Guantanamo Bay. There are numerous picture of him in the media showing him in the Oval Office just seats from the president and the vice president.

    Now, he goes deaf, dumb and blind? I’m not buying it.

  2. DMason says:

    Regrets, he’s had a few. Good. If the EU arrests and prosecutes him for torture, hopefully Armitage will have a long time in jail to reflect on his antics while serving in the Bush junta.

  3. feminazi says:

    My question for Richard Armitage is, did he ever once speak up when the administration was formalizing plans to torture detainees at GITMO and at Abu Ghraib? Did he take Rumsfeld, or Cheney, or Bush, aside and say something like, “guys, this isn’t legal and it isn’t moral.” My guess is, the answer is no, he never opened his mouth.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    The fact that we are having this as a topic of discussion, in this century, about our country, speaks volumes for the Bush administration.

  5. Peace Nick says:

    Eric Holder states on the record that the U.S. doesn’t torture.

    Well, in theory and in principle, this is true but in fact, during the Bush years, the U.S. regularly engaged in torture — an illegal violation of the Geneva Convention.

    So it seems to me, the best way for the Obama administration to address the matter is to seek criminal prosecution of the members of the Bush administration who broke the law.

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