Monday, May 24, 2004

Retired 4-star general blasts Pentagon leadership on 60 Minutes

In yesterday's Six Minutes television program (U.S. CBS network), retired four star general Antony Zinni blasted Rumsfeld and non-conservatives planners in the Pentagon.

"There has been poor strategic thinking in this," Zinni said. "There has been poor operational planning and execution on the ground. And to think that we are going to 'stay the course'; the course is headed over Niagara Falls. I think it's time to change course a little bit, or at least hold somebody responsible for putting you on this course. Because it's been a failure."

"And what we have become now in the United States, how we're viewed in this region is not an entity that's promising positive change. We are now being viewed as the modern crusaders, as the modern colonial power in that part of the world."

Zinni said Rumsfeld and deputy Wolfowitz should accept responsibility and resign.

Zinni served as commander-in-chief of the US Central Command from 1997 to 2000 and was in charge of all US troops in the Middle East. He expressed his reservations about Pentagon war planning in testimony to Congress prior to the start of the recent Iraq war. He recently published a book together with Tom Clancy, "Battle Ready" in which he accuses Pentagon leaders of "at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence, and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption" in planning the Iraq war.

See earlier posts on the topic of Pentagon leadership (1 2 3)