>Retired Officers Criticize Rumsfeld
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>Retired Officers Criticize Rumsfeld
>Associated Press | September 25, 2006
>WASHINGTON - 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
>hearing by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
>
>A second witness, 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 in testimony prepared
>for the hearing, held six weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections in which
>the war is a central issue.
>
>The conflict, now in its fourth year, has claimed the lives of more than
>2,600 American troops and cost more than $300 billion (euro234.1 billion).
>
>Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan, the committee chairman, told reporters last
>week that he hoped the hearing would shed light on the planning and conduct of
>the war. He said majority Republicans had failed to conduct hearings on the
>issue, adding, "if they won't ... we will."
>
>Since he spoke, a government-produced National Intelligence Estimate became
>public that concluded the war has helped create a new generation of Islamic
>radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the attacks of
>Sept. 11, 2001.
>
>Several members of the Senate Democratic leadership were expected to
>participate in the hearing. Dorgan said Republican lawmakers had been invited.
>
>Even before the session convened, Republicans counter-attacked.
>
>"Today's stunt may rile up the liberal base, but it won't kill a single
>terrorist or prevent a single attack," Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement. He
>called Rumsfeld an "excellent secretary of defense."
>
>It is unusual for retired military officers to criticize the Pentagon while
>military operations are under way, particularly at a public event likely to
>draw widespread media attention.
>
>But Batiste, Eaton and retired Col. Paul X. Hammes were unsparing in remarks
>that suggested deep anger at the way the military had been treated. All three
>served in Iraq, and Batiste also was senior military assistant to then-Deputy
>Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
>
>Batiste, who commanded the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, also blamed
>Congress for failing to ask "the tough questions."
>
>He said Rumsfeld at one point threatened to fire the next person who
>mentioned the need for a postwar plan in Iraq.
>
>Batiste said if full consideration had been given to the requirements for
>war, it's likely the U.S. would have kept its focus on Afghanistan, "not fueled
>Islamic fundamentalism across the globe, and not created more enemies than
>there were insurgents."
>
>
>Hammes said in his prepared remarks that not providing the best equipment was
>a "serious moral failure on the part of our leadership."
>
>The United States "did not ask our soldiers to invade France in 1944 with the
>same armor they trained on in 1941. Why are we asking our soldiers and
>Marines to use the same armor we found was insufficient in 2003," he asked.
>
>Hammes was responsible for establishing bases for the Iraqi armed forces. He
>served in Iraq in 2004 and is now Marine Senior Military Fellow at the
>Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University.
>
>Eaton was responsible for training the Iraqi military and later for
>rebuilding the Iraqi police force.
>
>He said planning for the postwar period was "amateurish at best, incompetent
>a better descriptor."
>
>Public opinion polls show widespread dissatisfaction with the way the Bush
>administration has conducted the war in Iraq, but division about how quickly to
>withdraw U.S. troops. Democrats hope to tap into the anger in November,
>without being damaged by Republican charges they favor a policy of "cut and run."
>
>By coincidence, the hearing came a day after public disclosure of the
>National Intelligence Estimate. The report was completed in April and represented a
>consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government, according to
>an intelligence official.
>
>
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FirebaseTn
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Mon Oct 2, 2006 15:08

 
Be it know that the article you see here, supposedly written by FirebaseTn WAS NOT WRITTEN NOR POSTED BY ME. A Retraction would be appropiate.


 

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