Fresh from The Battle of the Bathtub Ring comes General Goldstein with two bold proclamations that are part of his contribution to Operation Swiftboat the Generals.
Rumsfeldâ€™s popularity (or lack of popularity) among military brass, in fact, seems tied in large part to his designs on re-forming the military. And while there is undoubtedly some disagreement among military leaders about the best way to fight the war in Iraq (remember, certain generals and politicians assured us weâ€™d need 250k ground troops in Afghanistan to avoid a â€œquagmire”), there can be no doubt that what the military has accomplished in five years under Rumsfeldâ€™s leadership is quite impressive, from an historical standpoint. And should democracy take hold in Iraq and affect change in the region, Rumsfeld could well go down as one of our most successful Defense Secretaries ever.
For a few retired US generals to be calling for Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation publicly even as we are embroiled in that battle sends a message to our enemies that the generalâ€™s believe we are losing. And, as everyone with a shred of intellectual honesty knows that not to be the caseâ€”that the only way we can lose is if the public will is sappedâ€”calling for Rumsfeldâ€™s ouster now not only sends the wrong message to Americans, but it likewise sends the wrong message to Iraqis, the vast majority of whom are optimistic about the direction of the country.
“…a shred of intellectual honesty…”
Oh my. Jeff writes his own epitaph.
For those keeping score at home, you may now add the dissenting generals to the list of people or groups who want us to lose The War on Terror so that the Islamojihadigangstagangstas will kick down Jeff’s door and rip his copy of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle from his cold, dead dishpan hands…