Dada Rumsfeld: Absurd Words From Washington’s Highest-Profile Loser
I remember when President Truman and the Pentagon tried to pawn the Korean War off on the American people as a “police action.” At the time more than 5 million men and women were serving in the armed forces, and 137,025 Americans were killed and wounded in that action.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich takes the Iraq conflict and the war on terrorism far beyond civil war. He told David Postman of The Seattle Times that we’re engaged in World War III.
And since Rumsfeld compared Americans who want a timed withdrawal of troops from Iraq to those in the 1930s who advocated appeasing Nazi Germany, the Pentagon is thinking World War III.
If this is World War III, it’s being fought with an army made up of less than 500,000 active duty personnel—lower than at any time in the past 50 years—where senior military strategists called for 400,000 for the Iraq invasion alone.
In addition, reservists and National Guard troops have been pressed into fighting World War III, many of whom signed up expecting at worst to patrol the Mexican border or help hurricane victims. These men and women are being continually recycled to Iraq over and over again, with the result that thousands of careers and family finances are in ruins, and marriages at risk. The American military is being victimized by the Pentagon and the politicians just as surely as Iraqi prisoners were victimized at Abu Ghraib.
For example, this past weekend the Pentagon announced that Battalion Three-Four of the First Marine Division stationed in Twentynine Palms, Calif., is being recycled to Iraq for its FOURTH tour of duty.
America is pinning its hopes on the vague possibility that the 300,000 needed additional fighters will magically appear in the form of an Iraqi army—30-day wonders trained by the Americans—to take over for our troops now stretched to the breaking point.