14 April 2006


The Progress Report - American Progress Action Fund: "NATIONAL SECURITY -- MORE GENERALS CALL FOR RUMSFELD'S RESIGNATION: '[W]e are witnessing the rumblings of an officers' revolt, and things could get ugly if it were to take hold and roar,' Slate's Fred Kaplan writes. In recent weeks, numerous high-ranking military officials -- including Generals Anthony Zinni, Paul D. Eaton, and Gregory Newbold -- have warned that senior Pentagon leadership has undermined U.S. national security interests and called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign. Officials continue to come forward. In today's Washington post, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, says, 'We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork.' Another retired officer, Army Maj. Gen. John Riggs, shared his sense that 'everyone' in his peer group 'pretty much thinks Rumsfeld and the bunch around him should be cleared out,' and that he 'emphatically agrees.' 'Batiste's comments resonate especially within the Army,' the Post reports, since it is 'widely known there that he was offered a promotion to three-star rank to return to Iraq and be the No. 2 U.S. military officer there but he declined because he no longer wished to serve under Rumsfeld.' More on the 'Rumsfeld Mutiny' here."

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