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Retired General: "Rumsfeld's Dismal Strategic Decisions Resulted In The Unnecessary Deaths Of American Servicemen And Women, Our Allies, And The Good People Of Iraq"...

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The Democrat's Capitol Hill "oversight hearing" yesterday elicited a stream of scathing remarks from former military officials on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's handling of the Iraq War. Speaking in the wake of a report that Iraq has fueled Islamic terrorism, two retired Army generals and one former Marine colonel slammed Rumsfeld's performance on almost everything aspect of the conflict

Retired Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste delivered perhaps the lengthiest and most condemning public words on Rumsfeld yet: "Secretary Rumsfeld ignored 12 years of U.S. Central Command deliberate planning and strategy, dismissed honest dissent, and browbeat subordinates to build 'his plan'...[he] refused to acknowledge and even ignored the potential for the insurgency...Rumsfeld's dismal strategic decisions resulted in the unnecessary deaths of American servicemen and women, our allies, and the good people of Iraq." Although Rumsfeld quietly mouthed "no" when asked at a press briefing whether he would considering stepping down, it will be difficult for him to ignore the extensive critique.

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