Major General John R.S. Batiste at the DPC Hearing

The report of this general about the conduct of the war in Iraq and Rumsfield's plan is well worth a listen.  What it brings to light is another administration lie:
source: mediamatters.org
"if they came forward and said, 'Hey, we do need more troops now, this thing has grown to a degree we didn't expect, we can only suppress it with another 100,000 troops,' they'd get them."
... nope, sorry, not true.  Listen to Major General John R.S. Batiste tell how Rumsfield has screened his top brass to ask only for what he wanted them to need. 

Later i will try to dig up the entire transcript and the others who have testified.  It was on CSPAN this morning.  It tells us just how much of a disaster going into Iraq was and how incompentent the war has been conducted. 

Tags

  1. iraq
  2. rumsfield
  3. batiste
  4. bush lied

Comments


Mark de LA says
What was more interesting was a weekend presentation of Batiste (I think) on Foxnews where he showed on a map of the M.E. how the insurgency worked.  He postulated that in a neighborhood somewhere in Europe or the Middle East or in the periphery somewhere a disaffected youth without hope is noticed (perhaps like some of the teenagers who shoot up schools here in the US). They are invited to a mosque where they are radicalized. They begin their education there. They further go to conduit points like Syria or Iran or Turkey for specific training & validation that they are ready.  Proofs of all kinds are demanded of them at each point along the way. Then they enter the country of Iraq at a border which is porous (Syria or Iran) - mostly in the Anbar province (Fallujah & others) and meet people in country who give them, not a mission to blow up an airline, but a suicide mission to kill some people in a market like the mundane day to day task of maintaining the horror headlines.  By then they can't back out. By then they must become martyrs or they will be killed. By then they are just fodder. A disaffected young person, usually a teenage male who can't get laid,  without any hope, is ready for excitement & glory & maybe the 72 mansions with 72 virgins.  In the end he gets sucked little by little into his own demise.
  The presentation was quite poignant.
  One other method the insurgency is using is to kidnap people with cars in-country & later free them to drive off in their own vehicles which have been rigged as remotely detonated car bombs.
  One reason perhaps why we might not have anticipated this stuff is that for an American mind it just can't imagine such horrible & evil shit; horror movies notwithstanding!

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