Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event attended by numerous conservative activists, journalists, and politicians.
WorldNetDaily columnist Brad O’Leary and American Conservative Union chairman David A. Keene will present the former Defense secretary with the award on Feb 10, according to the conference’s schedule of events (.pdf).
Rumsfeld, who was Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006, oversaw the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He was replaced by current Defense secretary Robert Gates after a number of generals called for his resignation.
In 2005, he was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for authorizing the torture and abuse of detainees at facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU claimed that the Constitution prohibited the Secretary of Defense from adopting or permitting policies of cruelty against civilians in US military custody, but Rumsfeld claimed he could not be held legally liable for the torture.
You might recall that Rush Limbaugh received this award in 2009. And now Rumsfeld? One has to wonder which constitution CPAC is reading.
To me, giving Donald Rumsfeld a Defender of the Constitution Award is like:
- Giving Hannibal Lecter an Adventurous Gourmet Diner Award.
- Giving Hugh Hefner Viagra.
- Giving Sarah Palin an Orator of the Year Award.
- Giving Count Dracula a Blood Donor Awareness Award.
- Giving a Seattle cop a gun.
- GLAAD giving Michele Bachmann a Congressperson of the Year Award.
And The Old Viking thinks Giving Donald Rumsfeld a Defender of the Constitution Award is like:
- Giving Lindsay Lohan in marriage to Billy Graham.
- Giving Jared Loughner the NRA sportsman of the year award.
- Giving Tony Hayward a retirement condo on the Gulf Coast.
- Giving Sarah Palin a membership in PETA and SCAP.
- Giving Tiger Woods naming rights to the annual Miss Chastity pageant.
- Giving Glenn Beck the Scholar of the Year award at Harvard.
- Giving Paul Bremer, George Tenet, and Norman Prodhoretz Presidential Medal of Freedom awards. Oh, Wait. George Bush did that!