Retired Gen. John R.S. Batiste told a forum consisting of Democratic Senators, “I believe Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq.” He also believes soldiers were deployed without the best equipment available. Retired Major General Paul Eaton seconded these feelings as he described Rumsfeld as, “incompetent strategically, operationally, and tactically.” He further warned the forum that if Rumsfeld and his staff aren’t replaced soon the American public, as well as soldiers at war, “will see two more years of extraordinarily bad decision-making.”

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