Saturday, November 04, 2006

What Was It That Prompted The Military Times Editorial?

A quarter of a million military trade papers will be out on monday with an editorial calling for SecDef Rumsfeld to be shown the door. It's an interesting development as the opposition to the filthy endeavor in Iraq picks up steam. The occupation is a nightmare that's getting worse day by day and Saddam's (if it really is Saddam) trial verdict has people nervous about public reaction.

It's not without precedent as the papers called for his dismissal back when Abu Ghraib was exposed. The editors claim that their decision this time was prompted by the Deciderer saying he was hanging on to the secretary for the duration:

"And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.
Now, the president says he’ll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.
This is a mistake."

It's easy to understand how the editors, looking at a clearly disturbed Von Rumsfeld with his mass delusions and penchant for obfuscation, and at a bloody catastrophe of cosmic proportions, would want the guy out of there. The timing has a lot of wingnut commentators up in arms as they consider it an effort to sway the election the following day. If that's the case, more power to the editors as last minute pre election "events" are now commonplace. But they address that too, however unconvincingly:

"This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:
Donald Rumsfeld must go

There's another possibility about calling for Rummy's head. That destruction of Camp Falcon on Oct.10. Something absolutely awful happened there but we'll probably never get the truth from the pentagon as there was an immediate news blackout. Eyewitness reports claim immense loss and hundreds of casualties. There's great concern that the coverup includes the fact that all the depleted munitions stored at the base blew up, turning the area and perhaps the entire city of Baghdad unnacceptably radioactive.

The base was the largest ammo dump in country and at the very least the attack seriously impacted US operations from that point on. I have no proof, but a huge setback like that combined with the insanity of keeping Rumsfeld and staying the course was quite possibly the last straw for people concerned with the viability of the US military.


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