Victor Davis Hanson: On retired generals unethically appearing on TV to hype their books while criticizing GWB, Rumsfeld & prosecution of Iraq War...
In it, Hanson characterizes the sudden rash of retired generals going on TV to slam the Bush Administration, demand that Sec. of Defense Don Rumsfeld resign, and carp about the prosecution of the Iraq War---while offering no plausible or viable alternatives---as "dead-end debates" in which all alternatives are bad.
He also allows that "for every argument offered by "experts," there was just as available a convincing counter-argument — something usually lost on those eager to keep up with the 24-hour news cycle...."
Hanson adds, "let us not fool ourselves any longer that each subsequent "exposé" and leak by some retired general, CIA agent, or State Department official — inevitably right around publication date — offers anything newer, smarter, or much more ethical in this dark era that began on September 11. No need to mention the media's "brave" role in all this, from the flushed-Koran story to the supposedly "deliberate" American military targeting of journalists...."
He concludes with: "What we need, then, are not more self-appointed ethicists, but far more humility and recognition that in this war nothing is easy. Choices have been made, and remain to be made, between the not very good and the very, very bad. Most importantly, so far, none of our mistakes has been unprecedented, fatal to our cause, or impossible to correct.
So let us have far less self-serving second-guessing, and far more national confidence that we are winning — and that radical Islamists and their fascist supporters in the Middle East are soon going to lament the day that they ever began this war."
I heard on FNC last night that retired General Anthony Zinni, who is calling for Don Rumsfeld to resign and criticizing the Iraq War, was a Bill Clinton-elevated general who now appears to have e-mailed many of the other retired-generals suddenly, in-tandem, calling for Rumsfeld's resignation. This, of course, is simply another escalation of the anti-war hard-left's assault on the Bush Administration and its war policy and prosecution.
Yesterday, President Bush gave these political ankle-biters a high-profile televised spanking to the effect that he is delighted with Rumsfeld's performance and accomplishments and Rumsfeld will stay exactly where he is.
This is only a small part of Hanson's excellent piece. Everyone will be well-served to read all of "Dead-end Debates: Critics need to move on" at the above link.