Sunday, April 16, 2006
Secretary Rumsfeld, it's time to call it a night and go home.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about the six retired generals who have called for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Some may say seven, but I'm not counting General Wesley Clark, since frankly, he doesn't matter, having run for the opposition party's candidacy and has at least the perception of taint or opportunism. Furthermore, it's been a long time since he was a general. No, of far more interest is the three former field commanders who have called for Secretary Rumsfeld to step down. His inability to effectively fulfill the duties of his position have been obvious for quite some time now, but these six retired generals cast a different light on the problems in the United States Department of Defense. I know I'm still somewhat young, but I have never seen the like in my lifetime, and after speaking with others, I doubt this has precedent in the history of the United States. President Bush has, predictably, shown his support for someone who has only brought him grief and embarassment. In the instances where he has given sound advice, he has executed his ideas in a manner more suitable for a business than a military, to the grief of soldiers and their families. The time has come for Secretary Rumsfeld to step aside and allow someone far more qualified to take his place. He has more than overstayed his welcome.