The latest count is six generals with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius thrown in to add a little spice. This morning Google News reported that it had found 738 stories in the mainstream media on this topic. I haven’t checked to see how many folks a blogging on this, but I suspect it’s many more than seven hundred and something.From Newsweek:
Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in
until last November, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to reiterate criticisms he leveled earlier this week. Iraq
Batiste said Rumsfeld had “failed to build the peace” in
, and criticized “a leadership style which is intimidating, abusive. There was not a two-way street of respect.” Iraq
The New York Times has the best roundup I’ve seen so far on the generals' comments. (You have to register, but it’s free.)AP’s story is here.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division in
Iraqshortly after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, became the fifth general involved in policy to call for Rumsfeld to resign, citing his handling of the war. Iraq
Swannack, like the other generals, criticized Rumsfeld's management style.
The Defense secretary "has micromanaged the generals" commanding troops in
, Swannack said. Iraq
He added that Rumsfeld had "culpability" for the detainee abuse scandal at
's Abu Ghraib prison, and that he had failed to acknowledge his mistakes. Iraq
The Times gives a multitude of reasons for this trend. None touch on the incompetence of the Bush Administration. However, you do have to wonder if the anger of the generals and the unhappiness of captains are related.Alternet provides background on why it's so significant that retired generals are speaking out. The military has a different code than us loose-lipped civilians. This chorus of anger may well be unprecedented.