"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, March 20, 2006
In sum, he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld must step down.
In the five years Mr. Rumsfeld has presided over the Pentagon, I have seen a climate of groupthink become dominant and a growing reluctance by experienced military men and civilians to challenge the notions of the senior leadership.
I thought we had a glimmer of hope last November when Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced off with Mr. Rumsfeld on the question of how our soldiers should react if they witnessed illegal treatment of prisoners by Iraqi authorities. (General Pace's view was that our soldiers should intervene, while Mr. Rumsfeld's position was that they should simply report the incident to superiors.)
Unfortunately, the general subsequently backed down and supported the secretary's call to have the rules clarified, giving the impression that our senior man in uniform is just as intimidated by Secretary Rumsfeld as was his predecessor, Gen. Richard Myers.
Mr. Rumsfeld has put the Pentagon at the mercy of his ego, his cold warrior's view of the world and his unrealistic confidence in technology to replace manpower. As a result, the Army finds itself severely undermanned — cut to 10 active divisions but asked by the administration to support a foreign policy that requires at least 12 or 14.
Wow, that's a lot of disloyalty, a lot of nay-saying that will only serve to embolden our enemy and cut our brave fighting men and women off at the knees. Who was the Fifth Columnist responsible for this outrage? Let's see; I think it says at the end of the article:
Paul D. Eaton, a retired Army major general, was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004.
That would be the same Gen. Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) that Rumsfeld's own Department of Defense calls "the father of the Iraqi army" (link via Josh Marshall). I guess there really are Islamofascist sympathizers everywhere.
Either that, or Rumsfeld really is utterly incompetent. Nah, couldn't be....