Saturday, April 15, 2006

Revenge Of The Rabid Retirees

My hero Don Rumsfeld is a broken man (my ellipsis):

Mr. Rumsfeld said. “I have no specific plans in my hands at this very moment to hit (Iran's) nuclear facility at 33.3 degrees North latitude, 51.55 degrees East longitude. We have not decided to penetrate that location with a 4,637 pound GBU-28 laser-guided bunker-buster bomb carrying 630 pounds of high explosive, and capable of cutting through 100 feet of earth or 20 feet of concrete before detonation.”

This man has been reduced to a husk of his former self by these rabid retirees:

Six former generals have, one at a time, called on Mr. Rumsfeld to resign. The generals, two of the Marine Corps and four of the Army, cited "poor war planning" for Iraq after Saddam Hussein was deposed, insufficient ground troops and failure to anticipate the infiltration of Iraq by al Qaeda fighters that set off a fierce pro-Saddam insurgency. They accused Mr. Rumsfeld of intimidating senior officers and "meddling" in war planning.

These oldsters know all about war planning. Appointed by Clinton, they masterminded the innovative tactic of deploying US troops without armor, teaching bin Laden an unforgettable lesson.

They were forward looking too, deploying the world's most dangerous artillery system (for the crew that is):

During the Second Gulf War, Iraqi ground troops and insurgents were able to damage propulsion and flight control systems with ground-fire, sometimes obligating immediate emergency landings. During the Operation Iraqi Freedom, many Apaches were damaged in urban combat areas including one captured by Iraqi troops and paraded on international TV.

They magnanimously left the Air Force to play with insignificant gadgets:

The RQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which the U.S. Air Force describes as a "medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle system." When weaponized it is identified as MQ-1 Predator and can carry and use two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.

There’s a bright side - if Rummy recovers, their leathery heads will make cute additions to his shoebox collection.