Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, responding to allegations that he fostered a climate that led to the prisoner-abuse scandal, said yesterday that the military's mistreatment of detainees was not as bad as what terrorists have done.
"Does it rank up there with chopping someone's head off on television?" he asked. "It doesn't."
I'm waiting for somebody to try that ploy in court. "Yes, your honor, I did kill my wife, but does that rank up there with what Jack the Ripper did to all those women in London? It doesn't."