Representative Stupak: The Honorable? Donald Rumsfeld

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 10:49:46 -0500

In the spring of 2004 just a few months prior to President Bush’s trip to the Upper Peninsula, I decided to do my part in undermining the existing status quo political support of our traditionally “blue” area.
I’d learned a few years earlier that our hometown was slated to become part of Bush’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program and that Munising could soon become the primary target for a potential enemy strategic first strike on the continental United States.
After I posted a sign out front, I began an e-mail campaign to spread the word.
Of course I decided to find out what the local politicians and newspaper editors knew of this and what their thoughts were.
Come to find out, most claimed ignorance.
I was advised to contact my federal representative in Congress and did so.
I’d been a former supporter of Representative Stupak and had talked with him a couple of times.
The most recent of these personal conversations had then been in the spring 2003, when I asked him to consider moving for an investigation in support of articles of impeachment against President Bush, once it was proven that he had lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Anyway, I contacted Bart’s staff regarding the missile defense plan and a few weeks later I got not one but two letters back from his office, but no answer confirming or denying the DOD’s plans, just these following letters.
Stupak to Rumsfeld: “I trust you share my concern for this important issue.”
Yeah, like you may lose your political support if your constituents find out you’re privy to the stealthing of a missile defense facility into their own backyards.
More on Ballistic Missile Defense PDF

Maybe when Rumsfeld
retires he’ll have time to get back to me.
4 years ago

In the infamous words of drewhempel, M. A.
“forum now”.
Post Modified: 04/16/06 10:53:19
4 years ago

When career military men break ranks to speak up, intelligent people should pay serious attention.
Post Modified: 04/16/06 20:13:11
3 years ago

3 years ago

Sounds scary. Where’s Munising?
3 years ago

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, almost dead center. Our “sister city” in this ABM scheme is Caribou, Maine. Trust me Chickenma 1, this ain’t the worst of it.
Sometimes no Peace,
3 years ago

The peace sign is nice, but I’d suggest concentric circles with a big red spot in the middle.
And remember, they are all, all, honorable men.
3 years ago

November 04, 2006
Time for Rumsfeld to go

“So long as our government requires the backing of an aroused and informed public opinion … it is necessary to tell the hard bruising truth.”
That statement was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Marguerite Higgins more than a half-century ago during the Korean War.
But until recently, the “hard bruising” truth about the Iraq war has been difficult to come by from leaders in Washington.
One rosy reassurance after another has been handed down by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “mission accomplished,” the insurgency is “in its last throes,” and “back off,” we know what we’re doing, are a few choice examples.
Military leaders generally toed the line, although a few retired generals eventually spoke out from the safety of the sidelines, inciting criticism equally from anti-war types, who thought they should have spoken out while still in uniform, and pro-war foes, who thought the generals should have kept their critiques behind closed doors.
Now, however, a new chorus of criticism is beginning to resonate. Active-duty military leaders are starting to voice misgivings about the war’s planning, execution and dimming prospects for success.
Army Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee in September: “I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it … and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war.”
Last week, someone leaked to The New York Times a Central Command briefing slide showing an assessment that the civil conflict in Iraq now borders on “critical” and has been sliding toward “chaos” for most of the past year. The strategy in Iraq has been to train an Iraqi army and police force that could gradually take over for U.S. troops in providing for the security of their new government and their nation.
But despite the best efforts of American trainers, the problem of molding a viciously sectarian population into anything resembling a force for national unity has become a losing proposition.
For two years, American sergeants, captains and majors training the Iraqis have told their bosses that Iraqi troops have no sense of national identity, are only in it for the money, don’t show up for duty and cannot sustain themselves.
Meanwhile, colonels and generals have asked their bosses for more troops. Service chiefs have asked for more money.
And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.
Now, the president says he’ll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.
This is a mistake. It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation’s current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads.
These officers have been loyal public promoters of a war policy many privately feared would fail. They have kept their counsel private, adhering to more than two centuries of American tradition of subordination of the military to civilian authority.
And although that tradition, and the officers’ deep sense of honor, prevent them from saying this publicly, more and more of them believe it.
Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.
This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:
Donald Rumsfeld must go.
Post Modified: 11/04/06 20:49:03
3 years ago

Wow, there’s a forum there, and the comments on the editorial have reached 136 pages so far. I read through some of them.
3 years ago

“Ding, dong the witch is dead.”
“I didn’t mean to kill her, the House just fell on her.”
~Nancy Pelosi?
Remember however, the wicked witch remaining in the West. (Wing)
Let’s pull back another curtain and see who’s really running this show.
Bye, bye: Dick?
2 years ago

Ever Wonder where Rumsfeld is hanging these days?
Sometimes no Peace
Post Modified: 04/28/08 10:55:19
3 weeks ago


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