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Oct 29, 2006

Emanuel on Boehner’s defense of Rumsfeld

DCCC Press

Oct 29, 2006

Emanuel on Boehner’s defense of Rumsfeld

This morning, on ABC’s This Week, Republican Leader John Boehner said: I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that's happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.

“Congressman Boehner’s defense of Donald Rumsfeld makes it crystal clear that we need change in Washington from the rubberstamp Republican Congress and their blind adherence to President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld’s stay the course policy in Iraq,” said Congressman Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Mr. Boehner may want to consider for his Sunday night reading what Secretary Rumsfeld’s own generals on the ground have had to say about his failed leadership. I’ve included some of their most poignant quotes as it appears he’s had trouble finding their comments.”

What Rumsfeld’s own military has had to say about his leadership:

Major General John Batiste – Commander, 1st Division in Iraq: “Rumsfeld and his team turned what should have been a deliberate victory in Iraq into a prolonged challenge.” [National Journal, 5/6/06]

General Anthony Zinni – Commander, U.S. Central Command: “We are paying the price for the lack of credible planning, or the lack of a plan. Ten years worth of planning were thrown away.” [National Journal, 5/6/06]

Major General Charles H. Swannack, Jr. – Commander, 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq: “I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war, based on his absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq.” [New York Times, 4/16/06]

Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper – First President, Marine Corps University: “If I was President I would have relieved him three years ago.” [The Washington Post, 4/15/06]

Lieutenant General Greg Newbold – Top Operations Officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff: “What we are living with now is the consequences of successive policy failures.” [Time Magazine, 4/17/06]

Major General Paul Eaton – Led initial effort to create Iraqi Army: “Two and a half more years of that leadership was too long for my nation, for my Army, and for my family.” [National Journal, 5/6/06]

Lieutenant General John Riggs –Director, Objective Force Task Force: “They only need the military advice when it satisfies their agenda.” [National Public Radio, 4/13/06]