Monday, August 28, 2006

Does General John Batiste Hate America Too?

One of the most distinctly anti-American pieces of propaganda used throughout the Bush administration has been to label anyone who dares disagree with U.S. policy in Iraq a traitor, someone who's "helping the terrorists" or who simply hates our country.

I guess you can add General John Batiste to the lengthy list of people who, by the Bush-Cheney definition, is a regular Benedict Arnold -- along with two-thirds of the American people at this point -- as he has now gone fully on the record as calling the Iraq war an unmitigated disaster and used a pretty ugly metaphor to represent his thoughts. Oh, and he doesn’t think much of Donald Rumsfeld's leadership at the Defense Department either.

"Donald Rumsfeld is still at the helm of the Department of Defense, which is absolutely outrageous," said Batiste Friday on MSNBC. "He served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces, and ever since then, our military and our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad. And it’s not working."

Here's the clip:

Well, I think Batiste, a retired General who was commander of the Army's First Infantry Division in Iraq at the beginning of the war, speaks for most of America with those comments. He also once said that serving under Rumsfeld meant working for "… a secretary of defense who didn't understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant, and who didn't build a strong team."

So, how long do you think it will take before the Republicans make Batiste a victim of their swift-boating machine?