According to Slate.com:
two more retired generals stepped forward on Thursday and called for Donald Rumsfeld to resign, increasing the faction of outspoken officers to six. Rumsfeld brushed off the criticism: "Out of thousands and thousands of admirals and generals, if every time two or three people disagreed we changed the secretary of defense of the United States, it would be like a merry-go-round."
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While the article goes on to summarize that this constitutes less than 1% of the "community" of retired generals (and admirals), it bears pointing out that Mr. Rumsfeld himself retired from the military reserve with only the rank of Navy Captain in 1989 – making him the equivalent of a colonel in the Army, Air Force, and/or Marines who hasn't served a tour of reserve – much less active – duty in nearly 20 years.
His boss, George W. Bush, was a first lieutenant in the Air National Guard. During his period of alleged service, Lt. Bush was disciplined for poor attendance before being suspended outright for "failure to perform to USAF/TexANG standards and failure to meet annual physical examination (Flight) as ordered."
I looked for a specific number and couldn't find one, but the ratio of colonels-to-generals is substantial, and the ratio of first lieutenants-to-generals is even higher.
Considering how far off the smirking chimp has been in his estimation of the nature, duration and cost of the Iraq conflict, isn't it about time to start paying attention to the career solidiers instead of the career politicians?