Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bad stuff 'bout the Rummy

Retired Major General John R.S. Batiste, former commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, and a senior military assistant to former Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz, testified yesterday in front of a Democrat "oversight hearing" (read: the Republicans won't allow an oversight hearing) and had some smack to talk about one of the principle architects of this disaster of a war we are fighting in Iraq:

[Batiste] charged that Rumsfeld and others in the Bush administration "did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq."

He told the committee, "If we had seriously laid out and considered the full range of requirements for the war in Iraq, we would likely have taken a different course of action that would have maintained a clear focus on our main effort in Afghanistan, not fueled Islamic fundamentalism across the globe, and not created more enemies than there were insurgents."

Joining his call for Rumsfeld to resign were retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, who was responsible for training Iraq's military and police in 2003 and 2004, and retired Marine Col. Thomas X. Hammes, who served in Iraq in 2004 and helped establish bases for the reconstituted Iraqi armed forces...

...Batiste charged in his testimony that Rumsfeld "is not a competent wartime leader" and surrounded himself with "compliant" subordinates.

"Secretary Rumsfeld ignored 12 years of U.S. Central Command deliberate planning and strategy, dismissed honest dissent, and browbeat subordinates to build 'his plan,' which did not address the hard work to crush the insurgency, secure a post-Saddam Iraq, build the peace and set Iraq up for self-reliance," Batiste said.

In addition, Rumsfeld "refused to acknowledge and even ignored the potential for the insurgency," the retired general said. "At one point, he threatened to fire the next person who talked about the need for a post-war plan," Batiste added.

"Secretary Rumsfeld's dismal strategic decisions resulted in the unnecessary deaths of American servicemen and women, our allies, and the good people of Iraq," Batiste said. "He was responsible for America and her allies going to war with the wrong plan and a strategy that did not address the realities of fighting an insurgency."


Chris said...

I wonder why Retired Major General John R.S. Batiste loves terrorists so much. Seriously, when is the bough going to fucking break and fall on Rummy's fat head? How much failure can people stomach? I guess it really doesn't matter. Dubya refuses to let him go anyway.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Frankly, I am stunned by this testimony, and I don't understand why it isn't huge.

"At one point, he threatened to fire the next person who talked about the need for a post-war plan,"