Among the six generals calling for Rumsfeld to resign:
- a former Secretary of the Army under Bush;
- former head of CENTCOM;
- the general who led our ground troops in Iraq; and
- general offered the #2 military job in Iraq.
In any other government, once a leader loses the confidence of so many high-powered fellow leaders, he'd be forced to step down - hell, his own sense of duty would tell him to step down. But not in the Bush administration. Arrogance and rewarding incompetence are virtues in George Bush's world. Never admit a mistake and keep watching the troops die because of your incompetence.
Tell me again how the Republicans are so pro-military?
1. General offered the #2 military job in Iraq.
Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division forces in Iraq, said he declined an opportunity to get a promotion to the rank of lieutenant general and return to the wartorn country as the No. 2 U.S. military officer because he could not accept Rumsfeld's tough management style.2. General who led the troops on the ground in Iraq
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., who led troops on the ground in Iraq as recently as 2004 as the commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division3. General who headed CENTCOM
Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, who headed the United States Central Command in the late 1990's4. Former Secretary of the Army under Bush
"Rumsfeld has been contemptuous of the views of senior military officers since the day he walked in as secretary of defense. It's about time they got sick and tired," Thomas E. White, the former Army secretary, said in a telephone interview on Thursday. Mr. White was forced out of his job by Mr. Rumsfeld in April of 2003.