Friday, April 14, 2006

The Dems and Generals Agree: Rumsfeld Must Go

The charade is over. It's time for some accountability for the many failures of the Bush Administration. To date, no one of importance has been asked to resign (or better yet been fired) over the myriad of mistakes made by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, et al with regards to their war in Iraq. The entire thing is a failure of leadership and competence. The administration has spent the last three years blaming the troops and the "generals on the ground" for the failure to anticipate the nature of a post-invasion Iraq. That will not stand any longer. The failure is at the top in the civilian leadership. Many of the "generals on the ground" who have retired recently (and are therefore free from being retaliated against by the vindictive Rumsfeld) are finally saying what the Democrats have been saying for years. This war is failing because of the decisions made by the administration. It is their fault. Cheney cannot be fired because he was elected. But, Rumsfeld should be fired immediately.

More Retired Generals Call For Rumsfeld's Resignation
(New York Times) WASHINGTON, April 13 — The widening circle of retired generals who have stepped forward to call for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation is shaping up as an unusual outcry that could pose a significant challenge to Mr. Rumsfeld's leadership, current and former generals said on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., who led troops on the ground in Iraq as recently as 2004 as the commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, on Thursday became the fifth retired senior general in recent days to call publicly for Mr. Rumsfeld's ouster. Also Thursday, another retired Army general, Maj. Gen. John Riggs, joined in the fray.

"We need to continue to fight the global war on terror and keep it off our shores," General Swannack said in a telephone interview. "But I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war based on his absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq."

Another former Army commander in Iraq, Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who led the First Infantry Division, publicly broke ranks with Mr. Rumsfeld on Wednesday. Mr. Rumsfeld long ago became a magnet for political attacks. But the current uproar is significant because Mr. Rumsfeld's critics include generals who were involved in the invasion and occupation of Iraq under the defense secretary's leadership.

There were indications on Thursday that the concern about Mr. Rumsfeld, rooted in years of pent-up anger about his handling of the war, was sweeping aside the reticence of retired generals who took part in the Iraq war to criticize an enterprise in which they participated. Current and former officers said they were unaware of any organized campaign to seek Mr. Rumsfeld's ouster, but they described a blizzard of telephone calls and e-mail messages as retired generals critical of Mr. Rumsfeld weighed the pros and cons of joining in the condemnation. (read more)


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I heard Tony Snow putting these generals down today. He basically was calling them "Clinton's generals", implying they were unworthy of serving Rumsfeld.

This administration is unbelieveable. But their little circle of wagons is growing smaller by the day...

Howard Davis said...

The right will now start blaming the troops. Condi Rice blamed the troops when she said there have been "1000s of tactical mistakes" in Iraq. Tactical mistakes are mistakes made implementing the plan -- not the plan itself. So, Rice was blaming the troops for the failure in Iraq. That's a fact.