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Jed Babbin: Keep the Big Dog running
The Baltimore Examiner ^ | April 25, 2006 | Jed Babin

Posted on 04/25/2006 12:50:15 PM PDT by libstripper

WASHINGTON - Everyone is saying that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s days are numbered, thanks in part to increasing calls by some former generals for Rumsfeld’s resignation.

But Rumsfeld was hired by George W. Bush to do precisely what he has done to the consternation of the generals who are now coming out to complain about him.

When President Bush brought Rumsfeld back to the Pentagon, the president told him to shake up the Pentagon, to transform it from the Cold War structure and culture that it was stuck in to a new force with strategies that could respond to the post-Cold War world.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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A good take on the disloyalty of the odious 6 reired generals.
1 posted on 04/25/2006 12:50:16 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper
Everyone is saying that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s days are numbered

Everyone in the MSM perhaps...... but the Secretary doesn't work for them!

2 posted on 04/25/2006 12:58:54 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: libstripper

Excellent analysis. You don't hear the media making note that all of the current administration's detractors found their positions during the Clinton administration. Their failures (Zinni, Shineski, Clarke, McCarthy, Wilson, Plame, etc., etc.) are too many to be listed here without boring the freepers.


3 posted on 04/25/2006 1:02:10 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: libstripper
Noticed LTGEN Paul Van Riper is on Rummy's case as well.

The bad news for Zinni, et. al., is that Van Riper hails from the W.T. Sherman/Curtis LeMay school of thought and is criticizing Rummy for not busting enough heads over there.

4 posted on 04/25/2006 1:04:55 PM PDT by paddles
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To: libstripper

That is great political commentary and also presents an interesting apolitical perspective on Secretary Rumsfeld's position. No one should be surprised that Secretary Rumsfeld has met resistance in his transformation project. Indeed, human nature almost invariably resists change simply because change can be so unsettling, especially to people holding a vested interest in the status quo. The military may well be better served in the long run by the continuation of Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary so the transformation can proceed as planned. However, the President is taking the political hit for this and also for Rumsfeld's decidely gruff style. Perhaps the President would be better served letting the Secretary retire and hiring another individual to continue the transformation project. 'Cause you know what they say: The graveyard is full of indispensible people.


5 posted on 04/25/2006 1:14:40 PM PDT by PubliusToo
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To: libstripper

6 posted on 04/25/2006 1:20:50 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Rummyfan; Grampa Dave; SJackson; Chgogal; river rat

Months before Sept. 11, as Rumsfeld began the transformation of the Pentagon, he ran into contumacious obstructionism from the army and its then-Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki. Shinseki dug his heels in and refused to change much of anything about the Army.

Shinseki went as far as to go behind Rumsfeld’s back to the Senate where his political mentor (and long-time family friend, Sen. Dan Inouye of Hawaii) and others backed his play.

But for the political cover Sen. Inouye gave Shinseki, he might have been fired then and there. Civilian control of the military means people such as Shinseki cannot be allowed to play the back-channel political games he played again and again.

Shinseki balked at striking at the Taliban. For the record, our forces slashed into the Taliban around Oct. 5, 2001, less than a month after Sept 11. But — aside from Rangers and Army Special Forces — the Army stayed home.

Shinseki wanted at least six months to assemble and move an enormous Soviet-like force into Afghanistan and the president wasn’t having any of it. This is why Shinseki retired in 2003 with a festering grudge against Rumsfeld.

And then Rumsfeld did the unthinkable. Instead of replacing Shinseki with one of his like-minded underlings, Rumsfeld looked for someone who would fight.

Gen. Peter Schoomaker, a Special Forces vet, was brought out of retirement to transform the Army in the middle of a war. And he did it. But in the process Rumsfeld, Schoomaker and his team shook up a lot of people.


7 posted on 04/25/2006 1:26:22 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: libstripper

The Baltimore Examiner? Is there now a conservative daily paper in B'More to compete with The Sun? If so, great!


8 posted on 04/25/2006 1:26:47 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: george76

Interesting.....


9 posted on 04/25/2006 1:28:44 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: libstripper

President Bush would never abandon the reformation of the Pentagon and America's future to the whiners who have interest only in themselves with no care at all for the security of this country.


10 posted on 04/25/2006 1:38:23 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Rummyfan

The same ones who say Rummy's days are numbered are the same rocket scientists who say the Republicans will nominte John McPain.


11 posted on 04/25/2006 1:47:51 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: george76
Damn!
I guess I've been asleep for years..
This is the first I heard the "story" about Shinseki and his foot dragging and back door ethnic hero in the Senate...

Thanks for the ping.
Do you have a site that deals in depth with this issue?

Semper Fi
12 posted on 04/25/2006 2:09:25 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: libstripper

These 6 Generals are part of the CABAL!! Zinni and co. aare coup-plotters.


13 posted on 04/25/2006 2:15:42 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: libstripper

There's 8 generals now...and the latest one is a Republican. He said last night he'd always voted republican.


14 posted on 04/25/2006 2:17:46 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: george76

Don Rumsfeld is the BEST!! Shinsheki is a weenie cabalist who can't think of a way out of a paper bag.


15 posted on 04/25/2006 2:18:08 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: george76
Gen. Peter Schoomaker, a Special Forces vet [more like Delta], was brought out of retirement to transform the Army in the middle of a war. And he did it. But in the process Rumsfeld, Schoomaker and his team shook up a lot of people

Rumsfeld brought several Generals from various area of the country into the pentagon...shaking the pentagon up. Most of these generals are very patriotic and not toons' perfume generals'.

16 posted on 04/25/2006 2:24:34 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: libstripper
A SAD post-script for their otherwise honorable careers.

Somewhere along the line they forgot their duty to those now serving. If they would have RESIGNED in PROTEST during the run up to the war AND THEN started opining I would have respect for them but as it is these REAL Generals are playing armchair generals AFTER the fact.

17 posted on 04/25/2006 2:28:45 PM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: shield

"There's 8 generals now...and the latest one is a Republican. He said last night he'd always voted republican."

Correction:

He said, "I've always voted Republican on the presidential level."

He doesn't claim to have voted Republican for lesser offices, including senatorial candidates et al.


18 posted on 04/25/2006 2:37:59 PM PDT by rightazrain (Link me to some proof so I can put my rumor to rest.)
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To: rightazrain

Was he army?


19 posted on 04/25/2006 2:46:17 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: river rat

Here is a start...I am looking more into Shinseki .

Jed Babbin

Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Bush 41), and best-selling author of Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think.

Mr. Babbin is a military and foreign affairs analyst and appears regularly on top-rated shows on the major broadcast networks to offer his expertise.

He is a regular guest host for several national radio programs, notably the Laura Ingraham Show, Oliver North's "Common Sense Radio," and the Hugh Hewitt and Greg Garrison shows.

Articles by Jed:

http://familysecuritymatters.org/terrorism.php?id=19921

http://familysecuritymatters.org/contributing_editors.php?PHPSESSID=21921b288fa00a955b81886f66ffa914


20 posted on 04/25/2006 4:16:55 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: libstripper
While the MSM are busy fantasizing about Rumsfeld's departure, he in fact will be busy orchestrating the changes that President Bush authorized. Hah! Haaaah!
21 posted on 04/25/2006 4:58:42 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: george76

Just in case you missed Rush's Rant

The Democratic Party: A culture of treason
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_042406/content/america_s_anchorman.guest.html

and

Leaking At All Costs (a great read then and a better one now!)
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/417aldhj.asp


22 posted on 04/25/2006 5:17:26 PM PDT by Chgogal (The US Military fights for Freedom of the Press while the NYT lies about the Military and cowers...)
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To: Chgogal

Thanks.

Those are excellent.


23 posted on 04/25/2006 5:46:49 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Anytime! :)


24 posted on 04/25/2006 5:57:24 PM PDT by Chgogal (The US Military fights for Freedom of the Press while the NYT lies about the Military and cowers...)
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To: Chgogal

In early 2000, Former Clinton CENTCOM commander, Anthony Zinni told Congress "Iraq remains the most significant near-term threat to U.S. interests in the Arabian Gulf region," adding,

"Iraq probably is continuing clandestine nuclear research, [and] retains stocks of chemical and biological munitions ...

Even if Baghdad reversed its course and surrendered all WMD capabilities, it retains scientific, technical, and industrial infrastructure to replace agents and munitions within weeks or months."


25 posted on 04/25/2006 8:51:23 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: libstripper
BTTT.

Related ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1623649/posts

26 posted on 04/29/2006 7:30:37 AM PDT by aculeus
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