The Military Times (Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Core Times) has written an editorial that directly calls for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld.
“So long as our government requires the backing of an aroused and informed public opinion ... it is necessary to tell the hard bruising truth.”
That statement was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Marguerite Higgins more than a half-century ago during the Korean War.
But until recently, the “hard bruising” truth about the Iraq war has been difficult to come by from leaders in Washington.
One rosy reassurance after another has been handed down by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “mission accomplished,” the insurgency is “in its last throes,” and “back off,” we know what we’re doing, are a few choice examples.
Military leaders generally toed the line, although a few retired generals eventually spoke out from the safety of the sidelines, inciting criticism equally from anti-war types, who thought they should have spoken out while still in uniform, and pro-war foes, who thought the generals should have kept their critiques behind closed doors.
Now, however, a new chorus of criticism is beginning to resonate. Active-duty military leaders are starting to voice misgivings about the war’s planning, execution and dimming prospects for success.
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This isn't a liberal rag but it isn't the voice of the military either. Stars and Stripes can never write an article like this. However the Military times has done a good job representing US military interests for decades.
I'm all for getting rid of Rummy. IMO, he has done nothing to win this war. He outright lies that the commanders in the field make the decisions on force strength, but shortly after he calls for drawing down troop levels, they have to be raised again because Rummy doesn't listen to people with stars on the shoulder.
IMO if this war is winnable (and that in itself is doubtful) we must make a change. GW completely relies on the Sec of Def for military decisions. That is where change must begin. After that, it would probably be wise to call James Baker into the White House and get his advise.