More Calls for Rumsfeld's Resignation

My fellow Pennsylvanian, Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC, Ret. called for Sec. Rumsfeld's Resignation on Meet The Press. Via the AFP:

Zinni, who headed the US Central Command from 1997 to 2000, was asked if anyone should lose their job over how Washington has managed its Iraq policy.

"Secretary of defense to begin with."


"Integrity and getting on with the mission and doing it right is more important than loyalty. Both are great traits, but integrity, honesty and performance and competence have to outweigh, in this business, loyalty," the former Marine Corps general said.

Zinni has called for a high-level shake-up at the
Pentagon since late 2003, the same year the United States invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein.

"There's a series of disastrous mistakes. We just heard the secretary of state say these were tactical mistakes. They were not tactical mistakes. These were strategic mistakes, mistakes of policies made back here," he said.
First Rep. Murtha, now Gen. Zinni. While not yet a trend, there seems to be a movement afoot among Retired Marines from Pennsylvania.

This has to really frighten BushCo. I don't see how it couldn't. The more Soldiers, Sailors and Marines that Americans see coming out against the war (or even just its execution) the less they're going to buy this 'dissent is unpatriotic' crap. And we're not talking about troopers here. We're talking officers. Generals.

My (limited) experience with military officers is that they usually love the Republican party, but they love their Branch (Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force) more. As BushCo's civilian leadership drives them into the ground, they'll increasingly start to speak up.

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