Gen. George Joulwan On Rumsfeld

Gen. George Joulwan on Rumsfeld
The General came on "The Situation Room," and talked about the criticisms being heaped on Rumsfeld's handling of the military and the war. He says that the military leaders are very frustrated with Rummy and believes they will begin to speak out. That's something I'll believe when I see it.
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They highlighted Marine Lieut. General Greg Newbold's recent article in TIME magazine:

"Why Iraq was a mistake"

"Flaws in our civilians are one thing; the failure of the Pentagon's military leaders is quite another. Those are men who know the hard consequences of war but, with few exceptions, acted timidly when their voices urgently needed to be heard. When they knew the plan was flawed, saw intelligence distorted to justify a rationale for war, or witnessed arrogant micromanagement that at times crippled the military's effectiveness, many leaders who wore the uniform chose inaction. A few of the most senior officers actually supported the logic for war.

Others were simply intimidated, while still others must have believed that the principle of obedience does not allow for respectful dissent. The consequence of the military's quiescence was that a fundamentally flawed plan was executed for an invented war, while pursuing the real enemy, al-Qaeda, became a secondary on"


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