At 83, I am close to losing hope that I will live to see a flat tax.— Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) April 18, 2016
Expressing his confusion over the tax system of the country he served as the secretary of defense for nearly seven years – under two different presidents – Donald Rumsfeld, once again, recently sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service.
Although he has been mailing similar pleas for “flat tax” every April for several years, the agency has never replied.
So, Rumsfeld took to Twitter this week and shared the letter with his over-85,000 followers. But things took an expected turn when his tax lament set off a scorching round of criticism for an entirely different reason.
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Soon after Rumsfeld posted the tweet above, users ignored his lamenting while calling him out over his involvement over Iraq war abuses.
.@RumsfeldOffice at 18, I am close to losing hope that I will live to see you prosecuted for war crimes— 100% literal garbage (@badtweets4u) April 18, 2016
.@RumsfeldOffice - you go to war with the tax structure you have, not the tax structure you want. (PS you are a very bad person)— jeff rotkoff (@jrotkoff) April 18, 2016
@RumsfeldOffice I'm losing hope that you will ever express remorse about destroying a country & killing a few hundred thousand people— Joe (@NewsConnoisseur) April 18, 2016
@RumsfeldOffice you will be remembered as a war criminal— Mr. Woke Himself (@ItsTonyNow) April 18, 2016
Please die soon, @RumsfeldOffice— ? Royal ? (@royaltheartist) April 18, 2016
Along with then-President George W. Bush, Rumsfeld Okayed a controversial torture program following the 2003 invasion of Iraq that resulted in the detention – and subsequent abuse – of tens of thousands of Iraqis at the hands of U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency without being charged.
As per a 2008 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee, top Bush administration officials, including Rumsfeld are mainly responsible for the gross human rights violations committed by U.S. troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and other offshore military facilities.
Despite the widely-documented abuses, Rumsfeld has remained unapologetic about his war decisions –and that’s exactly why people reminded him that no one really cares about his tax struggles, because he is, as one Twitter user put it, a “war criminal.”