Sunday, March 26, 2006
Rumsfeld Called Incompetent By One Of His Own Generals
When did the General get the memo? LOL
Turmoil at the Pentagon? I think that this has been going on for a while. We are now hearing about these tensions more publicly. Other military officials (retired and active) have suggested the same thing.
What makes this unusual is that it was done so publicly. Usually Generals do not come out against the Secretary of Defense or any other Cabinet member. Generals (even retired ones) typically stay out of politics and avoid criticizing Civilian officials on matters of policy.
But besides that, it is not much of a shock. Here you have a Cabinet which has no war Veterans and no officials who had any significant military positions of leadership. You have people calling the shots who really have no experience and don't know what the hell they are doing. This has been a big part of the problem all along.
These guys are basically part of a tight knit group (All cowards and War Hawks who never served....also called "Chicken Hawks"). They are part of a group who I call the PNAC group. For those who keep up with what is going on you know what i'm referring to. For those who don't, I will give a brief overview and maybe you can do your own research for particulars.
Basically the men who orchestrated the lead-up to the war in Iraq, the war itself, and who shape U.S. foreign policy, are a group of pro-war, extreme right wing high powered and rich white businessmen who make policy that benefits their interests. They are all owners or stakeholders in the U.S. Defense Industry, the oil business, Finance business, Commercial Real Estate, or other major industries. They are part of a high powered Think Tank group called the "Project for a New American Century" or PNAC. They wrote a document several years ago that basically indicated that they wanted to invade Iraq, long before the invasion, and before G.W. Bush took office. This manifesto from 2000, titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century" became the basis for the Foreign policy strategy that followed and that continues today in the Bush Administration. To learn more on this check here... The aim of this group is U.S. global dominance by means of projecting military power and intimidation.
Dozens of people are associated with this group. Key figures are Paul Wolfowitz (former deputy Defense Secretary), Condoleeza Rice, Bill Kristol, Scooter Libby (The indicted Asst. to the VP), Richard Perle, Donald Kagan, Jeb Bush (Brother of G.W. Bush), Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Otto Reich, and many others. They carry an extreme ideology.
Now this is not exclusive to just Right wing Republican nuts. Democratic leaders get their foreign policy officials from the same kinds of "Think Tanks". The right wing and the Democrats are not very different when it comes to much of their philosophy on foreign policy. Both share the same basic ideas when it comes Imperialism. Both believe that the U.S. should dominate the world, by military force if necessary. The motto of "Might Makes Right" is a common theme with both Parties. That's why I call them the Republicrats. We essentially live in a one party system in the United States.
Link to the Rumseld Story.... listen to audio report.
Posted by Brian E. at 4:17 AM