/*PenDragn: Army Top Officer in Mutiny*/

9.25.2006

Army Top Officer in Mutiny

Excerpt Los Angeles Times article "Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short":
The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.

The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials.

Okay, it's not much of a mutiny, but with the firm strictures against any refusal to follow orders, this is as much of a mutiny as we will see as long as the military brass think they can keep themselves clothed and fed, I imagine.

I also make a half serious forecast that General Schoomaker will soon be realizing he wants to spend more time with his family -- after a few talks with Rumsfeld and Cheney about life, the universe, everything, and keeping his head upon his shoulders --you know, putting it all in perspective.

Read rest of article at link under green or salmon print above.