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WSJ Publishes Op-Ed Piece by Cadre of FOX News Military Analysts

Reported by Marie Therese - April 18, 2006

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal featured a front-page teaser headline that read: "Rumsfeld Support from Key Voices. The defense chief should stay, write four retired generals." When I turned to page A16, imagine my surprise when I discovered that three of the four retired generals are well-known FOX News Military Analysts: Gen. Paul Vallely, Gen. Burton Moore and Gen. Thomas McInerney. Vallely and McInerney are also involved with "The Intelligence Summit," which is a kind of trade show for those in the rent-a-mercenary and intelligence-gathering industries. The fourth general, John Crosby, has as his main claim to fame the fact that conspiracy theorists in Canada believe he was part of an attempted American cover-up involving a plane downed in Gander, Newfoundland.

If this weren't enough, during yesterday's FOX & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade mentioned the WSJ article during an interview with another pro-Rumsfeld retired General, Mike DeLong, author of "Inside Centcom: The Unvarnished Truth About the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Here's what Amazon has to say about the book:

In Inside CentCom, you'll learn what only insiders have known up to now:

* How President Bush had a chance to take out Saddam and his sons before the war - and why he chose not to
* How the idea of invading Iraq came up as early as September 11, 2001
* The likely hiding place of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction-yes, they do exist
* Al-Qaeda and Saddam: why CentCom believes they are co-conspirators
* Why CentCom knew in advance that the United Nations would never approve military action against Iraq-and why the war was justified
* Why chaos in Iraq was greater than predicted - and the mistakes that contributed to it
* The failure of Ahmad Chalabi's alleged Iraqi "freedom fighters" as American allies

When questioned by Kilmeade about his opinion of the seven retired generals who have openly criticized the Secretary of Defense, DeLong answered: "I'm troubled that they did it. It bothers me. I don't think it's right. I don't think it's right. These are all distinguished gentlemen. It appears to me that they don't like his management style, which is a tough management style. He's a tough person to work for but very effective."

Kilmeade then noted that two of the disapproving Generals claim that both DeLong and General Tommy Franks "were intimidated talking to him because knew what he wanted you to say and you would do it or you would take it."

DeLong responded that "anybody that knows Tommy Franks or myself to say that we could be intimidated by anybody doesn't know us." The General then went on to say that there were a few times when Rumsfeld ran roughshod over him, but DeLong took it because Rumsfeld was "his boss." He went on to say that Rumsfeld "never, ever went back on anything that Tommy Franks put his foot down and said 'this is a tactical or a strategic decision.'"

At this point General DeLong made an interesting comment in response to Kilmeade's question about whether or not Rumsfled "made a mistake" by not assigning far more troops to Iraq after the major conflict ended.

DeLONG: "Well, I mean, that's a worthy debate. The issue is, given the number of - most of the people on the ground over there are Army and Marine Corps plus our Coalition forces. If you had 380,000 or 500,000 people on the ground, given the number of soldiers and Marines we have, what have you done to the rest of the world? What have you done if this is a protracted conflict? You're gonna have to turn people around. So I don't know if having more people there would have been any more effective." He ended by saying "By the way, all the different secretaries in the U. S. government participated in this plan and this plan was war-gamed through the joint staff, so to say that we didn't have a plan is not correct. To say it didn't go as well as we wanted it to is probably a fair statement also."

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In other words if I understand General DeLong's words correctly, the greatest military on earth was so stretched by its commitments to Afghanistan, South Korea et al that the Secretary of Defense - knowing this - was forced to compromise the safety and security of its soldiers in order to fight a war in Iraq, a war that we now know the President had decided to wage prior to September 11th.

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal never revealed to its readers that three of the four generals expressing their opinion were linked to the FOX News Channel.

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