Richard Armitage: I should have resigned because of torture (Video)

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Richard Armitage who served as chief deputy to former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the State Department under President Bush, told Al Jazeera English in an interview to be aired Thursday that he “did not know…that torture was going on” in the Bush administration. In retrospect, if he knew about the mistreatment, Armitage said he would have resigned:

armitage12.jpgQ: 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 has previously been waterboarded as part of SERE training, saying 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. Armitage left the administration after then-President George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. He followed Powell out the door at State.

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One Response to “Richard Armitage: I should have resigned because of torture (Video)”

  1. Old Man Dotes on April 16th, 2009 11:20 am

    Colin Powell is a man of principles; when he left, that should have been a red flag to the world. G.W. Bush should be tried for war crimes – and I say this a loyal American and a retired US Army non-commissioned officer.

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