RIDDANCE TO RUMSFELD
Just a few days after George Bush undercut his own party's chances of survival in the 2006 election by declaring he wanted to retain Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whom he claimed was doing a "fantastic" job, the President bit the bullet and the "megalomaniac" soon will be gone. Not a moment too soon for the troops in Iraq who suffered from Rumsfeld's many mistakes and failed "leadership."
No one since Robert McNamara, who's lasting legacy will be the death and suffering of both Vietnamese and Americans from his hair-brained scheme to spray Dioxin on the jungle to "defoliate" hiding places for the Viet Cong, has there been a worse defense chief. Did anyone stop to think that the deadly poison would also expose our soldiers and Marines to a slow death from Agent Orange and their children to birth defects? But of course, the big chemical companies just love those defense contracts, and they know how and when to "kick in" to the politicians' coffers with campaign contributions.
In the 1960's, it was the Democrats and LBJ. Today, it's the Neo-CONS in the Republican Party who pushed us into an unnecessary war in Iraq to fatten their wallets and extend their power over a president who is dim-witted at best or criminally liable at worst. Now that the Dems have been handed a landslide victory by a fed-up American people, they'd better be damn sure they don't screw us like some in the party in power has.
THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER - BUT IS IT A GOOD THING FOR AMERICA?
It's a sobering thought that such radical liberals as Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco is Speaker of the House. But every cloud has a silver lining. At least we won't have to endure the disgusting sight of a grossly obese Dennis Hastert, waddling down the hall to the microphone stand, ever again. What a terrible image for any political party! If Hollywood was casting the quintessential political hack, Hastert would get the role hands down.
We are glad that elitist Sen. John Kerry "self-destructed" in recent days. We Vietnam veterans never forgot his slanders against us and his re-invention of himself as a so-called "war hero" in the wake of his hippie war protestor days, when long hair and left-wing politics launched him on a path to elective office. This pompous ass has never held a real job in his life. He's lucky to have been married to two very rich wives - the first ended up in a mental institution and is now dead; the second is a loud-mouthed nut living off a ketchup fortune. John Kerry would have been a disaster as President.
But now we are faced with the very real possibility that Hillary will sit in the White House two years hence - along with her husband, Bill "I loathe the military" Clinton. Is this what we have come to in this country? How incredible that a fired egomaniac and complete jerk like former Admiral Joe Sestak is coming to Congress. And "Larry Flynt lookalike" Jim Webb, a political chameleon if there ever was one, will now take center stage in the Senate.
Several good Republicans went down to defeat who deserved better. Robert Simmons in Connecticut, a decorated Vietnam vet and retired Army officer, lost by less than 200 votes to a left-wing Democrat lawyer with no military service. All Simmons did was save the Groton submarine base from the Pentagon budget axe. But the Democrat tide, aided by CNN and the mainstream media - "in the tank" for the Dems like never before - produced the biggest GOP defeat since Watergate.
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM FIRST TO CALL FOR RUMSFELD'S OUSTER
We are proud that we have long editorialized against Rumsfeld. Two years ago, we called upon him to resign. We're glad that ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE and MARINE CORPS TIMES joined us in that stand in the past few days. But we called for the defense secretary's head before anyone else.
[Our readers will recall it was MilitaryCorruption.com that caught one of Rumsfeld's public affairs officers, a dummy named Dan Hetledge, when the Navy lieut. commander sent us (unsigned) a series of profanity-laced e-mails. The cowardly e-mail attacks accused us of being "terrorist sympathizers" and questioned our "patriotism." Our editor-in-chief is a multi-tour combat veteran of Vietnam and retired "Mustang" - up-from-the-ranks - field-grade officer.
We confronted the Navy PAO and Rumsfeld flack on the telephone and demanded from his boss a letter of apology. We got it, and published it on these pages. It's just one of the many victories MCC has won since going online July 4, 2000.]
Rumsfeld is guilty of looking the other way while the forced Anthrax shot $cam was revived. See our story "GREED AND GUINEA PIGS." His refusal to listen to any good advice from his generals in Iraq or the Pentagon; his failure to put enough troops on the ground when we first went into Iraq, and then the slow-motion equipping of our Humvees and other fighting vehicles with proper armor protection; all this, and more cried out for Rumsfeld's removal.
But is former CIA-boss and Bush crony Robert Gates the best choice to succeed "Rummie" as defense secretary? We will be watching closely to see if this is just a fast shuffle or a real change of policy. One thing's for sure. If Gates is confirmed, he should fire Rumsfeld "toady" Marine Gen. Peter Pace.
What an embarrassment to the Corps and Marines everywhere how Pace genuflected in his master's presence. That was the price the general paid to get where he is, but now that his mentor is on the way out, the new secretary of defense will need someone else at his side. We wish we had a dollar for every e-mail we've received in the past couple years about Peter Pace. Most were from outraged Marines, active and retired, who felt Pace would have better served the Corps and America by being his own man. But he didn't, and he should retire. Now.
NEW CONGRESS NEEDS TO HOLD HEARINGS ON "HALLIBURTON" CHENEY
As for Dick Cheney, our smarmy and bloated vice-president, who's another Hollywood stereotype of the typical "robber baron," we wonder if the Democrat majority in the House and Senate will have the guts to open hearings on Halliburton? Cheney is former CEO of that huge defense contractor, grown rich off "no-bid contracts" in Iraq.
Did Cheney and his Neo-CON pals, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, engineer "behind-the-scenes" America's entry into the war against Iraq? Was it for oil profits and globalist ambitions? Did the vice-president know the "weapons of mass destruction" were gone, whether to Syria across the border, or didn't exist in the first place?
Does any of you doubt for one moment that Cheney, in a position to pull Bush's strings, didn't realize Halliburton, a company he will return to after he leaves office, could reap enormous profits off a war that has now cost America nearly 3,000 battle deaths and many thousands of crippling injuries? We needed to go into Afghanistan and root out the Taliban. MilitaryCorruption.com totally supports our troops in both theaters of war. But while the invasion of Afghanistan was justified, Iraq has been the biggest military mistake since Vietnam.
We urge the Democrat majority to hold hearings on war profiteering and corruption in Iraq. And if any trail leads to the vice-president, there is already a precedent for what to do. Spiro Agnew, as we learned years later, took bribes and disgraced his office as vice president. He was forced to resign and then-President Nixon appointed a new vice-president, Nelson Rockefeller. That is history.
Reality is, we need a thorough house-cleaning in Washington, from the top on down. The Republican Party needs to purge its ranks of the money-grubbing, "pay-for-play" politicians, who, like Duke Cunningham, led to this electoral debacle. The GOP needs to get back to standing for something so the American people won't have to resort to putting in left-wing, tax and spend Democrats who have no monopoly on honesty or virtue.
MilitaryCorruption.com does not endorse candidates for office. We are excoriated equally by Republicans and Democrats, so we must be doing something right. Our allegiance is to our fellow veterans and those on active duty and in the Guard and Reserves. Our mission is to "fight for the truth" and "expose the corrupt." We need to overhaul the Uniform Code of (so-called) Military Justice. We need to drive a stake through the heart of the onerous"Feres Doctrine." The military court appeal process needs to be streamlined.
Gutless brass hats who tremble at the thought of
being labeled "politically incorrect," should lead their troops
with honor and integrity, not suck-up to whoever is in power and plot
their next promotion. Our men and women in the armed forces are
fighting and dying as you read these words. They deserve much
better than they have now. What are YOU going to do about it?