Top, important generals are dropping out of the military faster then outed gays.
The number now is six.
How many top generals are worth the career of one stubborn, insulated Secretary of Defense???
Only Bush knows I guess and that scares me as I don't think Bush knows much at all. Although if you believe John Dean and many other intelligent critics of this administration (and I am inclinded to do so), Cheney is really the one pulling the strings in the Oval Office. Having Cheney running a shadow gov't explains a lot. Whether it is the secretative nature of the administration, the leak of the name of a vital WMD, Iran CIA operative (and her entire cover business that other CIA operatives where using as well), blurring the lines between legal and illegal spying and on and on require the twisted genius of a man much more intellectual then el Busho.
Bush is simply a puppet who appeals (in general) mostly to the average, under-educated, rural "Joe Beer can" while Cheney pushes the buttons from behind his undisclosed, secure bunker. In other words, the figure head of Bush and his "every man" antics are so much smoke and mirrors to keep us all from paying attention to the man behind the curtain. Richard B. Cheney.
Anyway, moving on.
I echo the comments of columnist David Ignatius when he said in today's Washington Post that, "Rumself should go or we risk loosing the war." However, I think that it might be worse then that. I know, how can it get any worse then that you're asking? Well, we probably have already lost the war as we can not control the sectarian violence that is tearing up Iraq. We can not really step in without becoming a target from both sides. So, right now our hands are tied and we basically can only urge Iraqi "leaders" to come together and somehow control the violence.
However, it doesn't appear right now that the Iraqi "leaders" are listening to us anymore (and to some extent I don't blame them) as we've sent many of our leaders to talk to them and our "pep talks" and stern warnings seem to be falling on deaf ears. The war is pretty much out of our hands and in the hands of Iraqis now.
Anyway, Ignatius went on in his column to say the following:
Rumsfeld has lost the support of the uniformed military officers who work for him. Make no mistake: The retired generals who are speaking out against Rumsfeld in interviews and op-ed pieces express the views of hundreds of other officers on active duty. When I recently asked an Army officer with extensive Iraq combat experience how many of his colleagues wanted Rumsfeld out, he guessed 75 percent. Based on my own conversations with senior officers over the past three years, I suspect that figure may be low.
Much of the American public has simply stopped believing the administration's arguments about Iraq, and Rumsfeld is a symbol of that credibility gap. He is a spent force, reduced to squabbling with the secretary of state about whether "tactical errors" were made in the war's conduct.
The Bush administration has rightly been insisting that the Iraqis put unity first and that in forming a permanent government they remove ineffectual and divisive leaders and replace them with people who can pull the country together. The administration should heed its own advice. America needs leadership that can speak to the whole country, not just the people who already agree with the president.
Rumsfeld's replacement should be someone who can help restore a bipartisan consensus for a sensible Iraq policy. One obvious candidate would be the centrist Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman. Another would be a centrist Republican with military experience, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel or Sen. John McCain. The administration would have to swallow its pride to take any of them on board, but that's the point: Without bold moves from the White House, support for the war will continue to slip away (GOI: I vote for Hagel).
Rumsfeld is a stubborn man, and I suspect the parade of retired generals calling for his head has only made him more determined to hold on. But by staying in his job, Rumsfeld is hurting the cause he presumably cares most about. The president, even more stubborn than his Pentagon chief, is said to have rejected his offer to resign. If that's so, it's time for Rumsfeld to take the matter out of Bush's hands.
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