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March 14, 2007

Vanity Fair Article on 6 Generals Who Have Opposed the War

David Margolick, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has written an amazing article about six retired generals who stepped forward a year ago to publicly oppose Donald Rumsfeld's handling of the war.  The article detailed each of these men's path toward doing something you know they never in their lives thought they would feel they had to do: speak out against their former boss.   The six found each other slowly; all had taken their first steps in this direction independently.

But while each man acted separately, all shared one experience: a growing outrage over the administration's incompetence, leading some of the nation's finest soldiers to risk their reputations and cross a time-honored line.

These are powerful stories about men who knew a lot more than any of us.  Lieutenant General Greg Newbold, retired from the Marines, tells of hearing about invading Iraq shortly after 9/11 happened, tells of the absurdity of the idea, struggles now with the decision he made at the time to go along.  These are good men.  They felt pressed to acquiesce and did.  Now they've decided to talk about their experiences.  It is very gripping, kept me awake reading way past my bedtime one night last week. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 14, 2007 at 09:51 PM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


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