Insider Quote: Why Didn’t You Quit?

“Fault Lines” host Avi Lewis pressed Armitage about remaining in the administration. “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?”

“In hindsight maybe I should’ve,” said Armitage. “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.”

Richard Armitage
Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005)

Quoted in Al Jazeera Interview

(will air at 2:00 a.m. eastern time April 16th)