Crossing Swords "The Generals' Revolt: "It is not the job of retired personnel to criticize a policy in a time of war."

Worthington, George R.
June 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2006, Vol. 132 Issue 6, p15
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that several retired general officers have gone public disagreeing with President George W. Bush administration's implementation of its Iraq policy. Moreover, they have called for replacing the Secretary of Defense. The detractors are blaming Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for everything. This appears simplistic, at best, and has created a firestorm. Seismic measurements have not come in from overseas in terms of combat morale. Momentous questions, however, have cropped up as to the appropriateness of retired flag and general officers speaking out publicly on the nation's recent and current foreign policy.


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