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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Battle Rumsfeld - Challenger - Closing Argument

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I'd like to thank The Chairman for this opportunity to debate the important issues at Iron Blog.

I'd like to thank those of you that commented on the material we posted. It was enlightening.

And, of course, I'd also like to thank Rosemary Esmay (in advance) for being a good sport.

Due to family obligations, I had to request an earlier-than-scheduled end to our debate and Rosemary was kind enough to comply. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused her, as I know it made her already awkward position on the issues all but indefensible.

In Summary:

The progress of our war effort has evolved into a new and perilous phase. For the first time, we are in danger of losing this war. As the distinguished Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham stated on Sunday:

"...if we lose [in Iraq]...if we're unable to bring a democratic form of government in some form to Iraq, then that will be like Dunkirk."

In my statement and rebuttals, I quoted many respected and distinguished civilian and military leaders, pundits and politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, who are sounding the same message.

Rosemary's response?

"For every person you find that ‘thinks’ we are losing, I can counter." Yet she offered nothing.

Our nation stands at the crossroads because of the actions of Donald Rumsfeld. As a result, I urge the President of the United States to relieve him of duty as soon as possible.

In my statement and rebuttals, I detailed the many errors in judgment, planning and implementation that Sec. Rumsfeld performed that caused us to come to this dangerous point in time. I showed how Sec. Rumsfeld ignored the lessons of the Powell Doctrine.

Rosemary’s response? Seeking to discredit Gen. Shinseki's contention that force levels were too low at the start of the war, Rosemary quotes an article that she thinks pronounces the Powell Doctrine dead. Instead, the article's concluding paragraph demolishes Rosemary's point:

"...In Kosovo, NATO did not prevail until it tripled its air armada, bombed for many more weeks than originally planned, and talked convincingly about deploying ground forces. In other words, it succeeded as its military strategy became increasingly muscular and decisive - -or to put it differently, increasingly Powell-like."

I linked to an alternate policy outline for Iraq.

Rosemary’s response? She suggested that it reminded her of an episode of South Park.

nastCartoon.3.gifI explained that Sec. Rumsfeld should be held accountable for his poor performance.

Rosemary’s response? Speaking of the alleged mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib by our enlisted men and women, she says:

"These soldiers aren't children and they aren't stupid, so we shouldn't treat them that way. They must be held accountable for their actions and they will…. I am in NO WAY excusing our reprehensible behavior…anger isn't an excuse to lose our humanity and behave like animals. It's also not reason to make a scapegoat of Rumsfeld.”

Apparently, in "Rosemary's World," authority floats to the top and responsibility is pushed to the bottom.

Perhaps in this administration that is true. But in real life, authority and responsibility go together.

And if you exercise your authority and you fail to achieve the results that you are responsible for, then you should be relieved of duty.

Donald Rumsfeld must go.

Ara Rubyan
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