Monday, April 17, 2006

Generals Vs. Generals

CNN cites a Wall Street Journal editorial by four retired US generals that has unkind things to say about the cabal of generals attacking Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld:
"Many senior officers and bureaucrats did not support his transformation goals -- preferring conventional weapons of the past ... which prove practically useless against lawless and uncivilized enemies engaged in asymmetric warfare," the writers continued.

"It unfortunately appears that two of the retired generals (Messrs. Zinni and Newbold) do not understand the true nature of this radical ideology, Islamic extremism, and why we fight in Iraq. We suggest they listen to the tapes of United 93."
This will undoubtedly add to the acrimony, as generals Zinni and Newbold will feel obliged to fire back.
The op-ed piece was written by retired Lt. Gen. John Crosby, former deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, former assistant vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; retired Maj. Gen. Buron Moore, U.S. Air Force, who was director of Central Command during Operation Desert Storm; and retired Maj. Gen Paul Vallely, former deputy commander of the U.S.. Army, Pacific.
Rumsfeld's non-military defenders have been circumspect about questioning the anti-Rumsfeld generals' credentials. Let's see how long it takes for the Left to start flinging feces at the pro-Rumsfeld group.

It's becoming apparent that the original attack by the anti-Rumsfeld generals is less about tactics and strategy and more about personalities.

More General Mayhem at Vince Aut Morire.