I watched an interview of a Maj. General of the US army and I was pretty shocked by how blunt the guy was in his criticism of the war. The guy is certainly no hippy. Both his grand-fathers and his dad served in the army. He’s about as American as applepie and has an immaculate record during his 31 years carrer in the military.
Last year, he realized that he wasn’t serving the interests of the american people by participating in the war and resigned when he was offered a promotion to become the 2nd highest-ranking officer in Iraq. Highly recommended watch.
[i]Major General John Batiste was offered a promotion to become a three-star general, the second-highest-ranking military officer in Iraq. Instead, he quit over the war. After he appeared in a commercial for VoteVets.org, CBS News fired him as a paid news consultant.
MoveOn.org collected 230,000 signatures on a petition demanding he be rehired. In a wide-ranging interview, Maj. Gen. Batiste discusses the Iraq war, calls for the closing of the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, says private security firms like Blackwater USA should be investigated and says President Bush has failed by surrounding himself with “like-minded, compliant subordinates.”"[/i]
It’s pretty hard to dismiss such a prominent figure who knows a lot more about the war than the rest of us (and certainly more than Bush and his minions). Any thoughts? Is he on Al-Qaeda’s payroll? Is he not qualified enough to understand the situation? Let me know.
P.S: The interview is about 50mns.