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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

 Military expresses 'deep concern' over Gonzales

The military weighs in on the man who provided legal cover for torture:
A dozen high-ranking retired military officers took the unusual step yesterday of signing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing "deep concern" over the nomination of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, marking a rare military foray into the debate over a civilian post. The group includes retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The officers are one of several groups to separately urge the Senate to sharply question Gonzales during a confirmation hearing Thursday about his role in shaping legal policies on torture and interrogation methods....

Other prominent signatories to the letter include retired Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, former chief of the Central Command; former Air Force Chief of Staff Merrill A. McPeak; and Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the Army's first female three-star general.

Wow! These guys must really hate America! How dare they criticize our glorious leader!

This letter arrives on the heels of news that Bush Administration officials are preparing long-range plans for indefinitely imprisoning suspected terrorists whom they do not want to set free or turn over to courts in the United States or other countries.

You hear that giant sucking sound? It is your civil liberties -- your freedom -- being taken away.


Blogger Electro said...

I am familiar with most of the folks who signed this. I think they are all fine former military leaders except for McPeak, he is a MORON! and George H.W. Bush made him chief of staff. It is improper to call it a military foray since these folks are civilians. I also think you can hear that sucking sound from some in the "left". You find me in the minority party that I hope can make some ground in the next four years and make the Dems and Reps finally look at us.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

What is your definition of a moron? McPeak has impressive credentials: Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

This is the guy who who directed the air campaign in Operation Desert Storm. He was critical of the cuts in defense forces during the Clinton administration and also of the decision to invade Iraq without specific UN support.

How does his record point to being moronic?

8:16 AM  
Blogger Electro said...

Moron is a harsh word for how I feel McPeak used his position as chief of staff to make changes in the Air force, like uniform changes that cost millions and were very badly received had no merit, and after he was gone were reversed. There were a multitude of personel related decisions he pushed that were short sighted and bad for enlisted and officers alike. It is not likely you will find the things I don't like about him published. He was a fine pilot.

7:31 PM  

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