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Ear to the Ground

Gen. Zinni Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

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Posted on Apr 2, 2006
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Gen. Zinni also said on “Meet the Press”: “I saw on the ground a sort of walking away from 10 years’ worth of planning.”

The former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East called on the secretary of defense and other Bush officials to resign for making a “series of disastrous mistakes” in Iraq. (video)


Think Progress:

This morning on “Meet the Press,” Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush officials to resign for making a “series of disastrous mistakes” in Iraq. Watch it:

Transcript:

ZINNI: There’s a series of disastrous mistakes. We just heard the secretary of state say these were tactical mistakes. These were not tactical mistakes. These were strategic mistakes, mistakes of policies made back here. Don’t blame the troops. They’ve been magnificent. If anything saves us, it will be them.

RUSSERT: Should someone resign?

ZINNI: Absolutely.

RUSSERT: Who?

ZINNI: Secretary of defense to begin with.

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By G. Anderson, April 3, 2006 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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Someone once said, that they feared an incompetant army led by a competant general, more than a competant army led by an incompetant general.

We didn’t need lots of men and material in Iraq.. because the Iraqi’s would welcome us with open arms, this war would be fought on the cheap, a real bargain of a war thats about to put the United States into Bankrupcy…stuff happens isn’t much of a stategy is it?

Guess that was one of those “mistakes” Condi Rice was talking about, just a slight misjudgement of the cost of the war….

So what’s up next, a conflagration in Iran?

(I always remember the scene in the Movie of Stephen Kings “The Dead Zone” when the pyschopathic president cuts off, I believe it was the secretary of defense’s hand, so he can use it to start WWIII.)

Take a good look at this adminstation, and be afraid, be very afraid,  because there isn’t enough political will on either side of the isle to stop them,whatever they want to do…

President Bush seems to have a knack of picking less than rational people for his administation…

Seems more likely that congress will make it all legal just to cover their own behinds…it’s so much easier than stirring up the public with investigations and hearings and other ritual trappings of our democracy….

So General what are you going to do now that your country needs you?

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By F28777@DesertGate.com, April 3, 2006 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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Gen. Zinni,
As a military veteran (13mo.VN),
I salute you, sir, and thank you for
being a thinking and concerned American.
We, the citizens, in whatever capacity
must all do what we can to restore the
integrity of our country and the dignity
of our military.  Thank you again.

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By Lynn, April 3, 2006 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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“How did we ever get to our current crop of leaders”

By the backdoor with the help of [a] family [member].

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By felicity smith, April 3, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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Zinni said this morning on CSPAN that the primary source of intelligence on Iraq was Chalabi.  Zinni said he found this incomprehensible.  He also, in assessing the lack of strategic planning before going into Iraq, quoted Rumsfeld’s “Stuff happens” comment when he was asked by a reporter about the mess in Iraq.  A strategy based on “Stuff happens” is no strategy.

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By Dominick Gatto, April 3, 2006 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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Bush administration is incapable of admitting its blunders, whether in foreign policy or domestic matters. General Zinni from the beginning advocated a substantial commitment of ground forces in Iraq—- virtually doubling the number of troops that were sent.
  Rumsfeld’s implementation of a quick, mobile strike force (or fighting a war on the cheap) has ultimately proven disastrous. He and his fellow neocons in the Administration deserve sacking.
  Unfortunately, this wholesale firing would not take into account President Bush and Vice President Cheney for their hubristic support of a “preemptive” foreign policy.
  Iraq, as most observers are aware, was to be the first of a number of Middle East nations that would suffer under the Administration’s stated goal of “spreading democracy” (securing the region’s oil resources was unstated).
  Cheney’s ill-considered belief that our armed forces would be greeted as “liberators” highlights the shallowness of the Bush administration’s expertise in foreign policy. More importantly, as a nation, we needlessly suffered thousands of American deaths and casualties and a far greater number of Iraqi civilians in the name of fanatical neocons in pursuit of American hegemony.

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By Hilding Lindquist, April 3, 2006 at 4:54 am Link to this comment
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Well, hell, I’m glad SOMEONE is speaking the truth to power ... but guess what? Zinni’s retired!

When are any of the “courageous” generals leading our troops in the field who say one thing in private to Murtha and something else to the President ... when are they going to speak up?

We need more Eric Shinseki’s and fewer Colin Powell’s.

Of course, anyone with any top-tier management training knows that to pursue one’s self-interest is what is best for the collective good.

Ain’t that a crock!

No wonder we’re screwing up so royally.

It ain’t we the people.

It’s Brigadier Generals who want to become Major Generals. Legislators who want to be elected to Congress. Governors and Senators who want to be President.

We all now believe that if you tell the people the truth then you can kiss your career goodby. We assume our leaders are dissembling.

How did we ever get to our current crop of leaders from the signers of our Declaration of Independence which read above their signatures:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

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