/*PenDragn: Retired Generals Accuse Defense Secretary Of Bungling War In Iraq*/

9.25.2006

Retired Generals Accuse Defense Secretary Of Bungling War In Iraq

Excerpt CBS news report:

Retired military officers on Monday bluntly accused Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the war in Iraq, saying U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and that critical facts were hidden from the public.

"I believe that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq," retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste said in remarks prepared for a forum conducted by Senate Democrats.

A second military leader, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, assessed Rumsfeld as "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically ...."

"Mr. Rumsfeld and his immediate team must be replaced or we will see two more years of extraordinarily bad decision-making," he added...


(And that's only if the next president has the smarts to give ol' Rummy the boot!)

More comments from the former generals and notes about the Democratic Policy Committee at Washington Post:

Batiste went further than the CBS report indicated:
"If we had seriously laid out and considered the full range of requirements for the war in Iraq, we would likely have taken a different course of action that would have maintained a clear focus on our main effort in Afghanistan, not fueled Islamic fundamentalism across the globe, and not created more enemies than there were insurgents."


Democrats revealed that they had to hold their meeting
outside the regular congressional process because of the Republican leadership's persistent "neglect" of oversight.


Funny, the 9/11 committee blamed the terrorists' success on that date partially on the lack of oversight of the Republican controlled Congress too. Could there be a connection?
Maybe incompetency is caught like the flu when Republican politicos are all snuggled up together sucking on the teats of corporate America.

And listen to Cheney:
"As we make our case to the voters in this election season, it's vital to keep issues of national security at the top of the agenda,


Keep Terra Terra Terra right in front of your eyes, people or the Republicans are going to (gulp) lose this election. And Cheney might lose some of his power to order people to be killed or at least locked up! Please, please don't start to use your brains and your hearts now! We have to kill kill kill or whatever will Halliburton do next year to earn its billions of dollars?