Saturday, November 04, 2006

Armed Services in Revolt

It's official: the U.S. Armed Services are about to become dissenters against the Bush Administration's Iraq war policies.

We've commented recently about the mounting evidence here and here that active, as well as retired, military brass are starting to speak out against the Bush administration's Iraq war policies. Now comes advance news that, "An editorial scheduled to appear on Monday in Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times, calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld." has the whole editorial. Here's an excerpt:
[U]ntil recently, the "hard bruising" truth about the Iraq war has been difficult to come by from leaders in Washington. One rosy reassurance after another has been handed down by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "mission accomplished," the insurgency is "in its last throes," and "back off," we know what we're doing, are a few choice examples.

Military leaders generally toed the line, although a few retired generals eventually spoke out from the safety of the sidelines, inciting criticism equally from anti-war types, who thought they should have spoken out while still in uniform, and pro-war foes, who thought the generals should have kept their critiques behind closed doors.
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And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.

Now, the president says he'll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.

This is a mistake.
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Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.

This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:

Donald Rumsfeld must go.
With such direct language as that, you can be sure the editorial has been vetted at the highest levels of military command -- short of Rumsfeld himself.

Amplifiication Dept.

Billmon, who says once upon a time he worked for another company that had the Military Times contract, is justifiably uneasy about the implications of the general's outspokenness.
"That Rumsfeld needs to go is self-evident to everyone but Dick, Shrub and Don himself.
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But trying to make Rummy the sole scapegoat for America's failure in Iraq is as big a lie as Shrub's insistence that the SecDef has done, and is still doing, a great job.
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As a group, the joint chiefs are developing a taste for bureaucratic blood -- they're trying to destroy Rumsfeld just as they destroyed Les Aspin and emasculated Wesley Clark. Only now they're doing it openly (or at least semi-openly) and in the middle of an election campaign.

That's usually not a good sign for a republican government -- and I'm not talking about the political party."

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