Thursday, April 13, 2006

Generals vs. Rumsfeld

Retired Gen. John Batiste, who headed the Army 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, didn't wait long after retiring to blast Rumsfeld.

You really need to read the whole article, because select passages wouldn't do justice to how devestating it is to the Pentagon, but here are a few gems:
"We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork."
It is widely known there that he was offered a promotion to three-star rank to return to Iraq and be the No. 2 U.S. military officer there but he declined because he no longer wished to serve under Rumsfeld.
Batiste said he believes that the administration's handling of the Iraq war has violated fundamental military principles, such as unity of command and unity of effort. In other interviews, Batiste has said he thinks the violation of another military principle -- ensuring there are enough forces -- helped create the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal by putting too much responsibility on incompetent officers and undertrained troops.

-The Washington Post


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