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Gen. Pace Isn’t Going Quietly

Posted on Jun 15, 2007
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Outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace says he did not resign voluntarily, but “I’ve been told I’m done.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly admitted that he would not seek another term for Pace in order to avoid a difficult confirmation. Pace has been closely tied to the Iraq war and its fortunes from the start, and only made matters worse recently with a public declaration of homophobia.


The US military’s outgoing top commander, Gen Peter Pace, says he opposed the decision to replace him at the end of his first term.

Gen Pace said he did not resign voluntarily as he felt this would be “unacceptable” for him as a leader. “I’ve been told I’m done,” he said.

His term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is to end in October.

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By Hammo, June 17, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

Was Pace a “yes man” to Rumsfeld? Who knows. Has Pace retained his personal and professional honor through recent years?

Many other generals have objected to the way Rumsfeld ran the DoD as well as the invasion and occupation of Iraq. What was Pace doing?

Ideas related to these questions in . . .

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”
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By Groovesmoothly, June 16, 2007 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

One by one they will all jump off the train. Then, for a bunch of millions, they writesome BS about how they (with us lumped into that they) were all fooled, followed by an always accepted offer to commit self-exoneration with the aid of their allies in the mainstream punditry business. This is how this administration has managed to stay in power for most of the last almost 40 years.

We should all be royally offended that after everything that these sh*tbags have done both in broad daylight and under the shroud of darkness to undermine and dismantle the constitution, that the individuals trusted to act as our media representatives act like Dirk Diggler’s fluffer instead of really pissed off Americans.

If your BS filter’s broke please kill your television.

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By felicity, June 16, 2007 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

It was rumored that Pace had the nickname Perfect Peter because he was the unfailing military mouthpiece for Bush etal policies in Iraq.  Perhaps he was more specifically Rumsfeld’s boy so it was only a matter of time - once Rummy was fired - until Pace was given the boot.

Let’s face it, the Bush Administration is in shambles, the Big Boys have moved in, the intrigues behind those castle walls are hot and heavy, it’s every man for himself and every man for himself is hell-bent on saving his own skin first.  (Of course, if he can feather his bank account nest in the process, so much the better. Zillion dollar book deals anyone?)

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By Chaseme, June 16, 2007 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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There are going to be enough books out about the inner- shenanigans of this administration to keep me busy throughout the entire rainy season of ’09.

When bush said, “you are either with us or you are against us”, he was not speaking to other nations, he was speaking to those who are truthful or have an inkling of truth in them.

For those who may have an inkling of truth in them, he wanted to know if you were willing to sell it. In the case with Pace and others like Powell, they sold as much as they possibly could to this administration. But, what they failed to realize is, these people operate on an entirely different diabolical level than most other diabolic people.

They believe that if there is wealth, it belongs to them. If there is knowledge, it belongs to them. If there is wisdom, it belongs to them. If there is land or oil, it belongs to them. If there is sharing, wha, wha, whaaaat?, you can’t make a business out of sharing!

This is why Pace bit the dust. Perhaps he has an inkling of truth and some wisdom that he was willing to share, either with his subordinates or with the American people. When he realized he had dug as deep inside of himself as he possibly could to meet the needs of this administration, they demanded more. So, he wrote the judge of the Libby case a “character commendation” and he made the comment about “homosexuality is immoral”, to further prove his loyalty as a bushie.

But, Pace failed to understand that bushies aren’t really loyal, not even to themselves. Therefore Brother Pace, Brother Powell will show you to your seat among the other future writers to share notes about this administration. Before you get started, please don’t forget to stand, place your right over your heart and sing to the top of your voice that old familiar ex-bushie song: ‘Ump, ump, ump another one bites the dust!’

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By Donovan, June 16, 2007 at 4:50 am Link to this comment
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Peter Scheer,

Why did TruthDig add the part about homophobia in its summary paragraph?  The BBC article doesn’t say anything about that.

TruthDig shouldn’t add their own commentary unless it’s explained in the linked article.  It’s not truth digging if you’re making shit up.

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By cyrena, June 16, 2007 at 1:25 am Link to this comment

Tom’s right, he should have said something before. He has been among the most prolific of the earlier spinmeisters in this…during all of those “phases”. But then, we started not hearing from him much, replaced by some of the newer ones.

Still, this isn’t much of a suprise, (that he was forced out), because I remember reading a while back, that several commanders had issued a letter to either Rumsfeld or Gates, (it was around the time of that change over) that supposedly declared their intention to REFUSE orders to take out Iran.

Now, I don’t know if there’s a connection there, but it’s sure possible, and I think somebody already mentioned it. I’ll have to try and find that article. I can’t remember who signed the letter.

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By Mike Mullane, June 15, 2007 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment
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I’m worried that Peter Pace was, within the administration, a rare voice of circumspection and reason in the race to a war with Iran. my first thought was that’s what got him fired.

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By G.Anderson, June 15, 2007 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

Unfortunately for us all Admiral Mullin is a born again,and he’s part of the Neo Con program.

Of course, their smearing Pace now, becuase they understand, how to make someone unacceptable to the left in a way that won’t call for any scrutiny.

Mullin is in charge of miltary forces that haven’t had to do much direct hand to hand. He’s also in favor of taking our Iran.

And that’s why Pace has to go, becuase he stood in the way of strikes against Iran.

If Mullin is confirmed it won’t be long until their are bombs over Iran, in fact Mullin’s statements are very much like McCain’s on this one.

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By Steve, June 15, 2007 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment
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Is it possible that Pace wouldn’t go along with the administration’s desire to attack Iran? Did he refuse to support a “back channel” operation designed to inflame the U.S. citizenry and widen the war?

Pace had publicly disagreed with Rummy about whether U.S.troops had the duty to stop Iraqi forces from mistreating prisoners if they observed such occurances, Pace maintained that the U.S. troops are obliged to intervene wheras Rummhead said they should only report the activity.

Maybe Pace’s moral inclinations led him to the right decision. I’d be interested to hear him speak out on this if he would make a truthful accounting. It might never get to be public knowledge but there should be some kind of Intelligence Oversight inquiry that can get to the facts.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, June 15, 2007 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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What irony it looks like Gen Pace is going to be the soldier in a new Village People video.After George Bush stuck up his Gen Pace is a new man.

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By RAE, June 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment

“He said Adm Mullen had the “vision, strategic insight and integrity to lead America’s armed forces”.”

AND, hopefully the intelligence and maturity to understand and support the FACT that a citizen’s sexuality has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS/HER ABILITY AND SUITABILITY TO SERVE THE NATION IN THE ARMED FORCES (should he or she also be dumb enough to want to, but that’s another issue).

If Adm Mullen suffers from the same “phobia” as Gen Pace, then he too is unfit to lead anyone anywhere.

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By G.Anderson, June 15, 2007 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

My understanding is that he is being replaced, not because he would face a dificult confirmation, that’s only the cover story.

Gates just didn’t want him up on the hill, talking about how bad it is.

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By Tom Doff, June 15, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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Too bad wimp Pace didn’t make a little more noise while he was in a position to change the catastrophic effects of the Iraq debacle.

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