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Retired Military Leaders Denounce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

One-hundred-and-four retired admirals and generals have signed a statement calling on the military to allow gay soldiers to serve openly. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has lost support since the Clinton administration originally negotiated the compromise, but Barack Obama will likely avoid resurrecting one of his predecessor’s biggest headaches.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


New York Times report
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NYT: Pentagon Primed TV Military Experts

The Bush administration’s skill in working the media to promote its interests is not a new story, but The New York Times has just uncovered a new twist: According to the paper, administration insiders courted a troop of retired military men to serve as trained PR agents for the White House on major broadcast outlets. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


Sanchez
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Former Top General Calls Bush ‘Incompetent’

Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former top commander in Iraq, has issued a devastating critique of the “incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders” in planning and executing the Iraq war, which he called a “catastrophic failure.”  Sanchez also warned that the president’s “surge” might “stave off defeat” but will not lead to victory.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Paul Eaton

Retired General Rebuts Bush Rhetoric

In Vote Vets’ latest ad to feature a general speaking out against the war, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton refutes one of the administration’s favorite talking points: “President Bush says he listens to his military commanders. Well, Mr. President, I was one of those commanders and you weren’t listening when we warned you of the dangers we’d face invading Iraq.”

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

War Czar Gets a Makeover

The White House is having trouble finding someone to be the new “war czar,” and it has apparently decided the problem is the name. The position will now be called “execution manager.” Is it just us, or has this administration lost its flair for snazzy Orwellian lingo? Bonus: Jon Stewart catches Bush in a lie obstruction of the truth.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Retired Generals, Admiral Warn Against Attack on Iran

Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Abizaid and Casey
theonion.com

Bush Pushing Out U.S. Generals in Iraq

According to ABC News, the president intends to replace Gen. Bob Casey, who currently oversees the Iraq war, with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, and when Gen. John Abizaid retires in March, Bush will ask Adm. William Fallon to take over Central Command. Leave it to Bush to find someone from the Navy to oversee two ground wars.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Nails Bush’s ‘Generals’ Excuse

When the president is asked why he refuses to change strategies in Iraq, he often says: “I listen to our generals.”  On Thursday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart ripped apart that statement with a series of clips that showed top brass criticizing the war and the administration.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Bush is 'The Decider'

‘I’m the Decider and I Decide What Is Best’

Watch the president utter the remark that became a classic the moment it left his lips.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


Powell - Rumsfeld on the Defensive

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Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


General Planning

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Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


Generals v. Rumsfeld
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Sixth General Calls for Rumseld’s Ouster

Read the New York Times’ take on the growing list. But check out CNN’s “Five reasons why Rumsfeld won’t leave easily.” Also, Bush is standing firmly with his war architect.
Update: Rep. Harold Ford calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation.

Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


Two Grim Assessments of Iraq’s Future

America’s top envoy to Iraq: “The possibility is there” for sectarian violence to lead to civil war and all-out war in the region.
A BBC reporter in Baghdad: “It gives me no pleasure today to forecast further doom and gloom here in Iraq. But, as in Iran in 1978, the facts on the street contradict the assertions of the generals, the politicians and the diplomats.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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