When Major Generals from THIS war are saying you should go…you should go…
The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called yesterday for Donald H. Rumsfeld to step down, joining several other former top military commanders who have harshly criticized the defense secretary’s authoritarian style for making the military’s job more difficult.
“I think we need a fresh start” at the top of the Pentagon, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, said in an interview. “We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork.”
Batiste noted that many of his peers feel the same way. “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense,” he said earlier yesterday on CNN.
Yep, more evidence of the arrogant and dangerous “my way or the highway” approach that our leaders in Washington are using.
And by the way, Batiste wasn’t some guy who was forced out. In fact, he turned down a promotion to become the number 2 military guy in Iraq because he just couldn’t abide by Rumsfeld’s leadership. That’s pretty damning.