***Rumsfeld Has to Go, Urges Miliatary Press*** *LINK*

***Rumsfeld Has to Go, Urges Miliatary Press*** *LINK*
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Zany Mystic
Monday, November 06, 2006 10:39 am

Rumsfeld has to go, urges military press

Geoff Elliott, Washington correspondent
November 06, 2006

ONE of the most respected journals covering the US military has called for Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to be sacked, adding to the chorus urging President George W. Bush to oust the Iraq war architect.

News of the coming editorial in the influential Army Times and other military periodicals came as leading neoconservative Richard Perle, who chaired a committee of Pentagon policy advisers early in the Bush administration, stunned foreign policy experts with the admission that if he had his time over again, he would not have supported the invasion of Iraq.

The timing, just days from mid-term congressional elections where anti-Iraq war sentiment looks set to deliver big gains to the Democrats, could not be worse for the Bush administration, which is looking increasingly isolated.

But it was greeted with some irony in Washington, as the condemnation of Mr Rumsfeld over the botched occupation of Iraq came on the eve of the verdict on Saddam Hussein for his command of a massacre of 148 Shi\'ites in 1982..

\"The time has come, Mr President, to face the hard bruising truth,\" said an editorial appearing in the November 13 issues of the weekly Military Times group of newspapers, which include the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. \"Donald Rumsfeld must go. Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised.

\"And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.\"

A spokesman for the Military Times, a non-partisan publication, said the timing of the editorial was not political but a response to comments from President George W.Bush last week in which he said Mr Rumsfeld was doing a \"fantastic job\" and that he wanted him to stay on for the remaining two years of the President\'s term.

This stunned even fellow Republicans, many of whom are in tight re-election races in tomorrow\'s congressional elections against Democrats who have gained traction for their attacks on Mr Bush and Mr Rumsfeld over the Iraq debacle.

About half-a-dozen Republican candidates are now also calling on Mr Bush to oust Mr Rumsfeld, and still more are distancing themselves from the war.

White House spokesman Tony Snow dismissed the editorial as a \"shabby piece of work\".

But Mr Perle, who left his role on the US Defence Policy Board in 2004, had stinging criticism of the White House, blaming the unfolding catastrophe in Iraq as a clear sign of the dysfunction within the Bush administration.

\"Huge mistakes were made,\" Mr Perle told Vanity Fair. \"And I want to be very clear on this: they were not made by the neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened, and certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad.\"

And strikingly for a neoconservative - a doctrine that supports the use of power for the moral good - Mr Perle is now recasting his views on the invasion. \"I think if I had been Delphic, and had seen where we are today, and people had said, \'Should we go into Iraq?\', I think now I probably would have said: \'No, let\'s consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.\'

\"I don\'t say that because I no longer believe that Saddam had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction, or that he was not in contact with terrorists. I believe those two premises were both correct. Could we have managed that threat by means other than a direct military intervention? Well, maybe we could have.\" Vanity Fair also reported that Kenneth Adelman, a lifelong neocon activist and Pentagon insider who served on the Defence Policy Board until 2005, has also had a change of heart.

Famous for an article in The Washington Post in February 2002 in which he wrote that \"demolishing Hussein\'s military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk\", Mr Adleman now admits he was wrong and that Mr Rumsfeld had \"fooled\" him.

\"I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national security team since (Harry) Truman was indeed going to be competent.

\"They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the post-war era.\"