Saturday, April 15


Another retired general speaks out against Rumsfeld.

The grievances aired by half a dozen retired flag officers in recent days resonated with many military veterans. "I admire those who have stepped forward, and I agree with the arguments they are making," retired Marine Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper said in an interview yesterday. "I count myself in the same camp."

Van Riper, a lifelong Republican who voted for Bush in 2000 but did not vote in the 2004 election, said Rumsfeld has failed in a number of ways, including "disastrous" war planning and execution and fostering a poor command climate.
But analysts said that Bush cannot afford to let the generals' views go unanswered. "It's a referendum on the centerpiece of the Bush presidency," said Michael E. O'Hanlon, a defense scholar at the Brookings Institution, who surmised that the notion of Rumsfeld being pushed from office is "unthinkable to Bush."

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Anonymous Crusader said...

Someone wake me when the press balances out this story by including the factoid that there are over ONE THOUSAND "Generals". I'd also enjoy a wake-up call should the press decide to do a feature length story on the 10s of Generals who have supported Rumsfield/Bush/et al (as opposed to the...6?...or is it now 7?...that the MSM would like us to believe are the be-all-end-all in this matter).

6:51 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

Have I become your favorite progressive blog, or what?

If you'd grown up in a military family, as I did, you'd know how shocking and historic this story is.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Crusader said...

You're probably the *only* "progressive" blog I'm reading at the moment.

By the way, I learned a couple of days ago that there are over NINE thousand retired and current Generals. The fact that a handful of them have (contrary) opinions about Iraq strikes me as neither "shocking" nor "historic".

10:56 AM  

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