I love it when the conservative wing nut nabobs are running around nattering about how Obama needs to "trust his Generals! trust his Generals!"
The part they cynically and conveniently leave out in their bleatings is "trust the Generals! --- but not the ones who disagree with us!"
Dick Cheney and the apple of his eye daughter Liz (too bad that apple is bitter and worm infested) have been running around Washington these past several months, blitzkrieging the talking head shows and desperately attempting to rewrite history and prop up all of the Bush and Cheney lies and fuckups that resulted in one of the most catastrophic foreign policy outcomes of any administration in the short history of this country.
Anyhow, Darth Cheney was at some sort of "Bush administration reunion" in Washington, D.C. the other night. While there he was presented with the super-prestigious "Keeper of the Flame" award by some shadowy, neo-con outfit calling themselves The Center for Security Policy. After receiving his award, Dick looked on proudly as beloved Bush administration convicted felon Lewis "Scooter" Libby was honored with the "Service Before Self" award (no irony to see here folks, move along now).
And just to put an exclamation point on the evening's ghoulish festivities, former Bush crime accomplices Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and undersecretary Doug Feith were also in attendance. A gathering of monsters on the eve of Halloween -- how fitting.
Anyhow, Cheney whined and bellowed about Obama stating -
"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger. It's time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity."
That bit of self-serving hubris was enough to prompt former Bush administration Army General - Major Gen. Paul Eaton to sit down and pen a short op-ed.
The ka-ching quote from Maj. General Eaton:
"The only time Cheney and his cabal of foreign policy 'experts' have anything to say is when they feel compelled to protect this failed legacy. While President Obama is tasked with cleaning up the considerable mess they left behind, they continue to defend torture or rewrite a legacy of indifference on Afghanistan. Simply put, Mr. Cheney sees history throughout extremely myopic and partisan eyes."
Chickenhawk Dick Cheney puts his faith in the likes of traitors such as Scooter Libby and grossly incompetent military strategists such as Don Rumsfeld and Doug Feith. I'd prefer to put my faith in the words and deeds of men like Gen. Eaton -- an honest man, a highly decorated career soldier, and the father of a son who is currently serving in the Afghanistan theater.
So my advice to Obama is -- yes -- trust the Generals -- just take the time to listen to all of them, not just the ones who kiss your ass and nod yes to everything you say. Because those were the kinds of Generals Bush and Cheney surrounded themselves with and look at what it wrought.
Just saying . . .