TO BE NEXT
CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
AT PENTAGON - GEN. PETER PACE,
FIRST MARINE TO HOLD THAT JOB -
SOURCES TELL MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM
"PACE A NICE GUY" BUT "WON'T STAND UP TO
RUMMIE ON ANYTHING" - DECORATED COMBAT
VET WILL NOT BUCK BOSS AT ANY TIME -
ASCERBIC DEFENSE SECRETARY TOLERATES
(c) 2005 MilitaryCorruption.com
Late last year we did an article and editorial calling
for the arrogant and abrasive Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step
down (see Related Stories, below).
When it became apparent the acerbic and mercurial"Rummie"
wouldn't leave on his own, we urged President Bush to "fire"
him - for a myriad of good reasons outlined in our article at that time
[see "related stories" box}.
Now that May is here and the Iraqi elections of January are fading into
memory, WHY is the controversial and contentious defense chief still
around? It's time for him to go!
Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor, a conservative Democrat, sits on
the House Armed Services Committee. He is one of the true friends our
military has in Congress. And the highly-respected Taylor doesn't mince
words when he talks about Rumsfeld.
"He can retire today, and it wouldn't be too late," the longtime
And we think there are more than a few Republican members of Congress
who share Taylor's view but don't dare go on record. Maybe we will "list
them" in an upcoming article.
At any rate, it's time for a change, and Rummie's considerable ego has
been sufficiently stroked since the elections. Why can't he just take
a bow and leave? The answer is clear. He is in charge of his departure
date, not the "commander-in-chief." The key question is why?
As for Marine Gen. Peter Pace - a man we respect highly for his combat
record - we would be remiss not to report to you the many concerns we've
received from USMC ranks (up to the rank of full colonel) that this
"photogenic" officer is not the one to ever question what
his mentor wants.
"We don't need a yes man or a sycophant," said one field-grade
at the Pentagon who admittedly does not like the general. "How
do we know the Corps will be protected if Pace is there nodding his
head all the time to Rumsfeld?"
A good question.
Of course, time will tell if these concerns are well-founded or not.
But we have to say, the vast majority of messages we have received (so
far) on this issue don't express much confidence that the very able
"politician" as well as warrior, Gen. Pace, will be more than
just a rubber stamp for his boss.