Two more retired U.S. generals called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign on Thursday, claiming the chief architect of the Iraq operation ignored years of Pentagon planning for a U.S. occupation and should be held accountable for the chaos there.
As the high-ranking officers accused Rumsfeld of arrogance and ignoring his field commanders, the White House was forced to defend a man who has been a lightning rod for criticism over a war that has helped drive President George W. Bush’s public approval ratings to new lows.
Funny, but when the White House press office got hold of the story, it republished it thusly:
Two more retired U.S. generals joined into the recent public discussion about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, exercising in their right to free speech which president Bush graciously allows.Posted by James at April 14, 2006 11:03 AM
The high-ranking officers strew candy and flowers before Rumsfeld, praising him as a liberator. The White House smiled broadly, with only a hint of a smirk and added “he’s doing a heckuva job.”