Well, good morning and bravo! The German government didn't back down, and now Rumsfeld has backed out of the conference, citing "prior commitments". Instead, he's sending DOD's number 3 man, Doug Feith. Why not his second, Steve Cambone? Easy. Cambone's name is on the CCR complaint as well.
More background on Rummy's' withdrawl can be found at Deutsche Welle.
And in the words of Steve Soto at Left Coaster:
You know we have sunk a long way when we have to get lessons on war crimes, international law, and accountability from the Germans.
Update, 1/23/05, 10:30AM - EuroSavant provides an excellent writeup on Rumsfeld backing out of this conference, and gives a great explanation for why Rumsfeld's "prior commitments" excuse is so much bullshit.
When is the American media going to pick up this story?