Cliff May has some direct questions for SecDef Rumsfeld’s critics:
The question is not whether Donald Rumsfeld should resign. The question is not even who should replace him. The question is: What goals would a new Secretary of Defense set, and what strategies would he implement to achieve them?
If Rumsfeld’s critics believe America’s military has met its match on the battlefields of Iraq, they should say so forthrightly. But they should talk, too, about the ramifications of an American defeat in the heart of the Arab Middle East.
A separate question � one well worth asking � is whether a Pentagon reshaped by Rumsfeld will be all that it can be; whether it will be capable of employing organized violence more effectively than America’s adversaries (which is, after all, the mission).
Retired generals should be welcomed into the debate on military transformation. But they can’t make much of a contribution until and unless they start asking the right questions.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.