Donald Rumsfeld was under mounting pressure to resign today as he faced a sustained and growing chorus of criticism from America's military establishment over the Iraq war.Catch that? A culture of arrogance. Just what we need during this critical time period.
Two more retired generals, including Major General Charles Swannack who led the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq in 2004, accused the Defence Secretary of "absolute failures".
"We need to continue to fight the global war on terror and keep it off our shores," General Swannack told The New York Times. "But I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war based on his absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq."
General Swannack's complaints were echoed by Major General John Riggs, a three-star general who left the Pentagon in 2004. General Riggs told National Public Radio that Mr Rumsfeld had instilled a culture of arrogance among the civilian administrators of the war.
So, my only question is this: Who's the guy the Secretary is holding hands with?