Retiring General Discredited for Political Reasons?
In a letter signed by Retired Brig. Gen. David Irvine and 10 other former high-ranking military officers -- and waved around by Senator John McCain on the Senate floor as documentation of DoD support for his bill-- :
"What has gone on over the past few years is completely off the book," the Salt Lake City resident told The Salt Lake Tribune.
The good stuff after the cut!
Bush and Rumsfeld (who are meeting tonight in Crawford) had to move quickly to preempt such a credible and high-profile exposure of military dissent that could threaten to tip the balance in the coming debate over the anti-torture provisions in the defense bill and force the President to veto that juicy, pork-filled bill.
Best guess? Rumsfeld learned or surmised how Byrnes felt and anticipated his coming plans to join "the 11" and ordered some quick digging into Byrnes' private life. Turns out Byrnes, separated from his wife over a year ago but not yet officially divorced, had a girlfriend.
Bang bang Gen. Byrnes, your career and reputation are dead.
Threat neutralized. In Byrnes' place? The General in charge of covering up official misconduct at Abu Ghraib, Rumsfeld pet Gen. Anthony R. Jones.
Very nicely done, gentleman. Who cares about destroying some General's life? There must be some good belly laughs and merry toasts at the cruelty and luscious power of it all going down in Crawford tonight.
Or maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist. Dare you recommend?