LG Hero Watch: John BatisteWhy are truth-telling Republicans so rare? Batiste is true patriot.
"Donald Rumsfeld is not a competent wartime leader," said Batiste, wearing a pinstripe suit, calling himself a "lifelong Republican" and bearing a slight resemblance to Oliver North. "He surrounds himself with like-minded and compliant subordinates who do not grasp the importance of the principles of war, the complexities of Iraq or the human dimension of warfare. . . . Bottom line: His plan allowed the insurgency to take root and metastasize to where it is today."
Further, Batiste charged, Rumsfeld "reduced force levels to unacceptable levels, micromanaged the war" and created an environment where U.S. troops "are doing unconscionable things."
"Our world is much less safe today than it was on September 11," Batiste said, echoing the administration's newly leaked intelligence estimate.
For Democrats, Welcome Words on Rumsfeld -- if Not the War