Third Retired Top General Anti-Rumsfeld

How's that for a headline? When I was in England, it seemed that all the headlines were like that...

The New York Times reports that a third top General is offering a Mea Culpa of sorts:

The three-star Marine Corps general who was the military's top operations officer before the invasion of Iraq expressed regret, in an essay published Sunday, that he did not more energetically question those who had ordered the nation to war. He also urged active-duty officers to speak out now if they had doubts about the war.

Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, who retired in late 2002, also called for replacing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and "many others unwilling to fundamentally change their approach." He is the third retired senior officer in recent weeks to demand that Mr. Rumsfeld step down.

In the essay, in this week's issue of Time magazine, General Newbold wrote, "I now regret that I did not more openly challenge those who were determined to invade a country whose actions were peripheral to the real threat - Al Qaeda."

The decision to invade Iraq, he wrote, "was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions - or bury the results."
Painting opponents and critics as unpatriotic will get harder and harder if the brass keeps up this 'librul Bush Bashing they've been engaging in lately.

How long before an active duty officer speaks out? Hard to say. People might actually pay attention when he's suddenly reassigned to a weather station in Alaska.

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