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Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

Posted on Apr 12, 2006
Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste

Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste said many of his peers agree that Rumsfeld should be replaced.

Washington Post:

Rumsfeld Rebuked By Retired Generals
Ex-Iraq Commander Calls for Resignation

By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 13, 2006; A01

The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called yesterday for Donald H. Rumsfeld to step down, joining several other former top military commanders who have harshly criticized the defense secretary’s authoritarian style for making the military’s job more difficult.

“I think we need a fresh start” at the top of the Pentagon, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, said in an interview. “We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork.”

Batiste noted that many of his peers feel the same way. “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense,” he said earlier yesterday on CNN.


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By unstartled, April 13, 2006 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment
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Here we go again. Someone who goes along to get along finally makes retirement, cashes a pension check or two, and NOW he’s got a conscience. NOW he’s having second thoughts.

Please spare us this nonsense, Mr. Batiste. You sold your soul, and nothing you ever do can get it back for you. When your opinion actually mattered, when you might actually have spared lives, you did nothing.

Now you are insignificant, meaningless, and doomed to wallow in the fetid pool of impotent regret you dug for yourself. It’s too late. Just go away.

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By gunther, April 13, 2006 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks to Batiste for speaking out.  The trouble with religious nuts is that the only people they respect are the other nuts in their church.  Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are in a pretty small church, eh?

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By R. A. Earl, April 13, 2006 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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Too bad that “guys like me” (Batiste) don’t have the gumption to speak out BEFORE they retire in safety to count their pensions.

Taking pot shots at administration from a powerless base is about as effective as using a pea shooter to stop a grizzly.

Do you guys really think a person like Rumsfeld gives a continental damn what you think of him? (or Cheney or Rice or Bush, for that matter. They’re all having the time of their pathetic little lives, and no one is going to take them off the ride by simply asking them to resign.)

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By Lynn, April 13, 2006 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Now that these generals are retired and their pension secured they become ‘outspoken’ !

Where were they when it mattered to talk ?

Or was it then just a matter of ‘orders are orders’ and yes, we have heard that one before too.

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