Civil war

The Washington Times Weekly - - NATIONAL -

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 jm­c­caslin@wash­ing­ton­

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