Stolen from Atrios
Democratic Policy Committee will hold an oversight hearing on planning and conduct of the War in Iraq TODAY, September 25, at 1:30 PM. Among those scheduled to testify are Major General John R.S. Batiste, U.S. Army (Ret.); Major General Paul D. Eaton, U.S. Army (Ret.); and Colonel Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (Ret.). The Committee is holding these hearings because the Republican-controlled standing committees in Congress have failed to do meaningful oversight of the planning and conduct of the war.
Watch online at http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/
Via Atrios, CBS says
Retired military officers on Monday are expected to bluntly accuse Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the war in Iraq, saying U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and that critical facts were hidden from the public.
"I believe that 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," retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste said in remarks prepared for a hearing by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
A second witness, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, is expected to assess Rumsfeld as "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically ...."
UPDATE from Phoenix Woman
: I watched on RealPlayer -- missed most of Chuck Schumer's opening, but a kinda-sorta transcript (I mistook Eaton for Batiste early on) is right here;
just look for my comments.
UPDATE 2 from Phoenix Woman
: A better transcript is here at DailyKos
. The former brass' gist, while trying to avoid discusssion of whether invading was the right thing to do, is that: 1) Invading Iraq made us all less safe, 2) Rumsfeld wouldn't accept any plan that allowed for the proper number of troops needed to fight the insurgency we all told him would spring up, 3) We've lost three years' time in settling things (for which Rummy needs to go) and 3) In order to fix Iraq, we need to get serious about getting onto a war footing: No more tax cuts (in fact, Col. Hammes suggested undoing the ones we have) and be prepared to stay for another decade, or the Iraq civil war will become a regional war, Iran becomes Big Man On Campus, and gas shoots to well over $100 a barrel. (As if Bush would ever undo his tax cuts. He'd rather die first, I suspect.)