General Abizaid not playing ball with critics, clobbers Hillary
- Heh. I think people, particularly pontificating senators who grandstand
in hearings, may eventually find that some generals have a tendency to
say what they don't want to hear. Here everyone has assumed General
Abizaid was told to shut up by Rumsfeld the General Hater, but here the
Centcomm Commander hits the old girl right between the eyes with the
equivalent of "Why don't you shut up?" in his testimony today:
Clinton: "Hope is not a method. We've had testimony now for four
years about what 'must be done' -- and it doesn't get done."
Centcomm Commander: "I would also say that despair is not a method."
Perhaps this stupid canard that Rumsfeld defied his generals and
refused (as opposed to being unable) to put more troops in the field
will finally get clarified. There may have been a window shortly after
the takedown when more forces could have been introduced, but to what
end? Nobody will ever know just exactly how much the Abu Ghraib
scandal, which was completely over and participants charged before it
was ever reported, damaged our ability to be more aggressive because of
the political nightmare that ensued. I think time will reveal that we
have been doing just about as much as we dare while waiting for
political control to solidify in Iraq. It hasn't been the lack of
numbers we've suffered from, but the lack of determined aggression. It
hasn't been politically tenable for us to be more aggressive with the
timing of Abu Ghraib.