Six months after the National Intelligence Estimate concluded that the war in Iraq is a ‘cause célèbre’ for Islamic extremists that has created a breeding ground for terrorist wannabees, only a single republican Congressman bothered to show up for the first of three days of testimony by an array of retired top military brass calling for Donald Rumsfeld’s ouster.
In extraordinary testimony from former senior military men during wartime, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton said Rumsfeld “continues to fight this war on the cheap” and denounced him as “incompetent.” Retired Army Major Gen. John Batiste called the United States “arguably less safe now than it was on Sept. 11, 2001.” And retired Marine Col. Thomas X. Hammes compared the shifting of U.S. troops from one Iraq hot spot to the next to a game of “Whack-A-Mole.”
And where is the “liberal media”? Why, covering Fox “News'” prime-time smearing of Bill Clinton of course! Been there, done that, as so eloquently summarized by Michael Hirsch:
[F]or the record, the Bush administration barely paid attention to bin Laden before 9/11, as documented by the 9/11 Commission and other inquiries. On Jan. 26, 2001—six days after Bush’s inauguration—an FBI report for the first time conclusively tied the USS Cole bombing in Yemen to Al Qaeda. A few weeks later, CIA Director George Tenet raised the stakes, calling bin Laden’s global terror network “the most immediate and serious threat” to U.S. national security. Yet there was no retaliation for the Cole or any other Al Qaeda attack for eight months—the “principals” did not even hold a meeting on how to deal with the terrorist group—despite Tenet’s increasingly urgent warnings about an Al Qaeda attack in the summer of 2001.
The corporate media has a point that the current regime is going to try to make political points at its expense by “shooting the messenger,” but in the end they – and the American people – only have themselves to blame for giving the smirking chimp and his cronies another free pass.