A clash occurred between Rumsfeld and the new top military dog Gen. Peter
Pace yesterday. The clash happened before reporters and over torture:
Top U.S. military officer contradicts
his civilian boss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top military man, Marine Gen. Peter Pace,
said American troops in Iraq have a duty to intercede and stop abuse of
prisoners by Iraqi security personnel.
When Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld contradicted Pace, the general
Rumsfeld told the general he believed Pace meant to say the U.S. soldiers
had to report the abuse, not stop it.
Pace stuck to his original statement.
The unusual exchange occurred during a discussion at a news conference
about the relationship between U.S. forces in Iraq and an Iraqi government
considered sovereign by the United States.
A questioner asked whether the United States and its allies might be
deemed responsible for preventing mistreatment of people under arrest in
Iraq, given that the U.S. and its allies train Iraqi forces.
"There are a lot of people involved in this, dozens of countries
trying to help train these Iraqi forces. Any instance of inhumane behavior
is obviously worrisome and harmful to them when that occurs," Rumsfeld said.
"Iraq knows, of certain knowledge, that they need the support of the
international community. And a good way to lose it is to make a practice of
something that is inconsistent with the values of the international