Saturday, November 04, 2006

More Guff from those Wacko-Commie Pinkos in Uniform

On Monday an editorial will appear in the Air Force Times, the Navy Times, the Marine Corps Times, and Army Times criticizing the current administration's inept management of the Iraq War, pointing the finger at Donald Rumsfield in particular, and calling for his resignation. I really don't know what else to say about this. Can their be any greater, unofficial "vote of no confidence" than that? Has this nation, ever seen such a public display of dissent from our military? How can anyone in the middle (middle class, middle America, or political moderate) not be forced to question the current administration's credibility, and even sanity, when faced such knowledge?

And the part of the Dragon's consciousness which focuses or black humor and schadenfreude, is also curious: How will the White House attempt to put a positive spin on this situation? Even though Bush has recently promised full confidence in Rumsfield, and declared his job secure, I can't imagine that stance will remain in effect. Sticking by Rumsfield at this point would be political suicide. Both for Dubya, and his party. Two years is still enough time for impeachment, Mr. Bush.

Or worse, a military coup.

Considering this quote from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson's column on Bush's recent press conference:
Thus Bush openly accused those who disagree with his policy in Iraq of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. "The Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses," he said the other day.
Call me naive, but I never thought a president of the United States would stoop so low as to accuse current and prospective members of Congress -- a number of whom, by the way, are decorated war veterans, unlike Bush or anyone in his inner circle -- of being pro-terrorist. But this administration has so lowered the bar on political discourse in this country that it's now more of a limbo stick: How low can you go?

To answer your question Mr. Robinson, unless Bush recants this accusation of near treason on those who dissent his military policy, he has not only hit bedrock of lowness, he's started drilling. (there must be oil down there somewhere, right Dubya?) Our fine men and women in uniform who have been putting their lives on the line, are now essentially traitors, for disagreeing with the President's Policy?

Friends, I know I play with the sarcastic and sardonic tones. I joke, to try and bring a little light into a dark situation. But while I salute the military press for this bold move of finally calling "Bullshit!" on Rumsfeld, my heart and soul are truly sick at the state the country finds itself in.

From the editorial:
It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation's current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads.
These officers have been loyal public promoters of a war policy many privately feared would fail. They have kept their counsel private, adhering to more than two centuries of American tradition of subordination of the military to civilian authority.
And although that tradition, and the officers' deep sense of honor, prevent them from saying this publicly, more and more of them believe it.
Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.
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:
Donald Rumsfeld must go.

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