What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. [. . .] The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
That was too much for Rummy. When the Times published that:
A federal judge has agreed to allow an Army veteran who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Rummy was okay with the Times on that. He is not ashamed of his torture regime.
Of course that's Krugman's point—people like Rumsfeld and Cheney are not ashamed about what they did in the last decade. That is a shame and a stain on us all.
See Lefty Coaster's diary for more.