As quickly as President Bush vetoed the congressional bill that would have set a deadline to return troops home from Iraq, several retired generals, in conjunction with the “progressive” National Security Network, began a coordinated attack on the White House — and in no uncertain terms:
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton: “This time, the president of the United States is holding our soldiers hostage to his ego.”
Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste: “The president vetoed our troops and the American people.”
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Gard: “The president has doomed us to repeating a terrible history.”
Retired Army Brig. Gen. John Johns: “Today, the president violated the trust of the American people, our troops, and their families by vetoing this bill and not choosing to do what is right.”
Retired Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Mel Montano: “The rhetoric of Congress not supporting our troops is pure hogwash. The real non-support of our troops is the presidential veto.”
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William E. Odom: “The president has effectively gone AWOL, deserting his duty post, leaving American forces with an impossible mission, suffering wholly unnecessary casualties.”
John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.