William Safire has a column which, even by the relaxed standard of his work in the last 12 months or so, is filled with Cheney-style delusion. Jack Balkan nails most of the big points, so I'll just add the one Jack missed.
It is beyond weird to suggest that Sec. Rumsfeld has at any relevant times been solicitous of the rights of detainees. The military tribunals he proposed were justly attacked by all and sundry as lacking almost all the elements of fairness and due process.
Why Safire feels a need to repeatedly kow-tow to Rumsfled is mysterious. If it's for past favors they must be well past, since I can't think of a really good leak Safire's gotten recently. If it's a down payment for future favors, it better be a big one.