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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Former military officers call for Rummy's head

It's time to drive out the buffoon conducting war in Iraq, say the brave military brass stepping forward now with a better idea than more of the ridiculous same. They can't stand what Rumsfeld has done to their military, trying to fight a war on the cheap with no diplomacy and no exit plan from Washington. Gee, it almost seems as if Rummy doesn't want them to win the war and come home any time soon. So former generals are putting their hard-earned reps on the line to say enough already! Let's watch Bush dig in his heels until Rummy suddenly decides to 'spend more time with family.' -hl

Voice Of America News

A retired U.S. Army general who commanded forces in Iraq is calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, echoing the recent criticisms of several other former high-ranking military officers.

During a television interview with CNN Wednesday, retired Major General John Batiste said the military needs "a fresh start" in its civilian leadership.

General Batiste retired last year after commanding the 1st Infantry Division in Tikrit.

He joins several other former high-ranking officers from the Army and Marines who in recent weeks have called on Rumsfeld to step down because of his handling of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

They accuse Rumsfeld and other civilian officials of disregarding the opinions of experienced officers in the days before the 2003 invasion.

Secretary Rumsfeld has rebutted such criticisms. The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace has defended the secretary.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan Thursday said President Bush believes Rumsfeld is doing a very fine job.

Rumsfeld's critics include retired Marine Corps Lt. General Gregory Newbold, who served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, who was responsible for operations in the Middle East, and retired Army Maj. General Paul Eaton, who led the training of Iraqi Security forces.