Monday, April 17, 2006

Anthony Zinni rebukes Clinton, but that's OK.

I found this article about Anthony Zinni, one of the generals calling for Rummy to resign, right after 9/11 from the WaPo on September 14, 2001:

"U.S. Military action against Afghanistan and other countries in the region without accompanying economic and diplomatic moves would only make battle against terrorism more difficult, retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, the former commander of U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia said yesterday. 'You can't just go in and devestate a country,' said Zinni. 'A military approach that strikes and leaves will only perpetuate the problem' by inflaming anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world."

And interestingly:

"During his tenure, Zinni publicly criticized the Clinton administration's support for Iraqi exile groups that said they could overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, an idea supported by many Republicans on Capital Hill and by the new Bush administration. Unseating Hussein, he argued at the time, would create a destabilizing power vacuum in Iraq, which borders Iran, and push the region into war."

I wonder where all the uproar was over a serving general criticizing the president? Oh right, it was Clinton, so it was OK. Jesse Helms could threaten Clinton's life and that was OK too. But don't go after Rummy!


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