How can you tell when the generals and the admirals have had enough of Rumsfeld?
When you read it in the editorial pages of the Army Times, the Navy Times, the Marine Times and the Air Force Times. Via Billmon comes this.
For two years, American sergeants, captains and majors training the Iraqis have told their bosses that Iraqi troops have no sense of national identity, are only in it for the money, don't show up for duty and cannot sustain themselves.And then the finale:
Meanwhile, colonels and generals have asked their bosses for more troops. Service chiefs have asked for more money.
And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.
Now, the president says he'll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.
This is a mistake.
This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:Make no mistake here. The journals quoted exist with the blessings of their respective service chiefs. Any pretense at editorial independence because of private ownership is erased by the fact that the mandate is strictly to talk to the troops about issues that concern the troops.
Donald Rumsfeld must go.
And, oh yes. It is about the midterm elections.
This is a message... from the generals and admirals.
This is a warning and an omen of something very, very dangerous.