'It's a political rant to cover up his incompetence,'' said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a former Army officer and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.Desperate times call for desperate measures, hey Rummy?
Reed said he took particular exception to the implication that critics of Pentagon policies are unpatriotic, citing ''scores of patriotic Americans of both parties who are highly critical of his handling of the Department of Defense.''
Rep. John Murtha, the hawkish Pennsylvania Democrat who voted in favor of the war but recently called for troops to withdraw, said in a statement: ''It's interesting to me that they generalize the support for the war. They're not realistic with the fact that there's no progress.''
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chimed in that Rumsfeld's remarks were trying to ''shoot the messenger'' rather than examine failed policy.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Rumsfeld catching flies for Bush
Doing his job, to deflect responsibility for the Iraq war's misconduct onto himself entirely and away from Bush. Why else would he still be there? And here he is today, doing exactly that. Calling unnamed Iraq war opponents Nazi appeasers. But surprisingly, the AP found the phone numbers for a few Democrats: '