Retired three-star Army General William Odom threw Commander Guy under the bus today. And Odom is no ordinary three-star. From 1985-1988 he served as chief of the NSA under Ronald Reagan.
So take a deep breath, Red America: It's going to be hard to spin this one.
Just as an aside, they're starting to spin like dervishes. I wonder if we can generate electrical power from it...
Writing for Harvard University's Nieman Watchdog, Odom called for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Now, he's done this before, so that's not where the news is. Rather, the good stuff came at the end of Odom's piece - when he delivered a three-step plan by which Congress can force the President to give in. Here's a summation of what Odom said:1. Redefine what "supporting the troops" means.
2. Flatly refuse to appropriate war funds "for anything but withdrawal operations with a clear deadline for completion."
3. If that doesn't work, Congress should impeach the President for "the 'high crime' of squandering the lives of soldiers and Marines for his own personal interest."
There is a movement building here. It's something about that "I-word." It's been popping up all week. And perhaps if more leaders like General Odom will speak out, it'll gain a head of steam. Maybe people are beginning to see that our military is, as Odom puts it, "combat-exhausted to the point of losing effectiveness." And maybe people are finally starting to realize that the person responsible for doing such a thing is actually aiding the enemy - and that it's become a national security issue. Thus I agree with Odom about what the Congress should do if Commander Guy remains obstinate: They must take decisive action. Because you can call it incompetence and you can call it treason. But either way, destroying the military is most assuredly a high crime against the people of the United States.
I don't care care if we throw the motherfucker out for the 'high crime' of gettin' drunk and pissin' in the potted palms at White House parties. Just get him OUT!