Tuesday | June 03, 2003
Rats are jumping ship
Boy, we've gone from expecting flower-throwing cheering throngs to shoving rifle barrels down the throats of passing motorists.
But please don't blame the troops. They have been placed in an untenable position by the Pentagon's Chickenhawk cabal.
The Pentagon Brass executed a brilliant war (helped, it turned out, by bucketloads of the best weapon in the US arsenal -- CASH), but now it must be forced to pacify a restless and hostile nation. And the more Americans die, the worse the situation becomes.
But like I said, don't blame the troops. They're not in Iraq by choice. They are there thanks to Bush's LIES about WMDs, thanks to a pipe-dream plan for Middle East "realignment" hatched in the safe, comfy environs of Paul Wolfowitz's office. They are undermanned thanks to Rumsfeld's insistence that "less is more".
But just as the CIA is fighting back against charges of an "intelligence failure", so, it seems, is the Pentagon Brass. The latest blow to the administration comes from former Bush loyalist Thomas White, the ex-Secretary of the Army until Rumsfeld pushed him out the door.
Former Army secretary Thomas White said in an interview that senior Defense officials "are unwilling to come to grips" with the scale of the postwar U.S. obligation in Iraq. The Pentagon has about 150,000 troops in Iraq and recently announced that the Army's 3rd Infantry Division's stay there has been extended indefinitely.What's interesting is the focus on what was being sold before the war. We were promised an easy and quick occupation. We were promised security from Saddam's WMD arsenal. We were promised an end to terrorism.
Lots of promises -- none of which could be born out. And those within the administration, the Pentagon, or the intelligence community that fought an Iraq policy based on lies and deceit have no intention on going down with the ship.
As more people come forward, it will be increasingly more difficult for the public to remain aloof. We haven't reached the tipping point yet, but it's getting closer.Posted June 03, 2003 08:48 AM | Comments (91)