Captain’s Quarters notes that Gang of Generals plankholder Major General (Retired) John Batiste has
backpedaled reviewed his position on the Iraq war.
The ernest and preternaturally haggard Batiste was once featured on NPR slagging off then-SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld.
The Weekly Standard is again aware of Batiste.
Crooks and Liars notes Batiste speaking in 2006 about moral courage: “I for one will continue to speak out until there is accountability, until the American people establish momentum, and until our Congressional oversight committees kick into action.”
It’s humorous to hear Batiste yelping about anything being “kicked into action.” He might well have kicked his latent courage into action before now, by using his experience and training to sufficiently analyze the political-military situation in Iraq toward the kind of understanding he only now has come to realize.
And about that Congressional Oversight: oversight of what? Oversight of his stock portfolio? oversight of the 2008 presidential elections? oversight of the success of the surge in Baghdad? oversight of his rather pedantic view of events in the War on Terrorism? oversight of whoever the hell was responsible for his career advancement? or oversight for any work for him in a 2008 presidential administration?
What passes for Army generals these days, anyway? We once had Ridgway and Eisenhower, Washington and Grant. Now we have… a Gang of Generals, who ply the Party Line until they retire. Then they slag off their former superiors as idiots and sluts, as if they actually know better, as if they had professional visibility on matters far beyond their vision or what their duties required.
One need only remember this when studying Batiste’s wavering positions… hardly the attitude and motivation the Army would have sought from a lieutenant general. Which may help explain his lack of promotability, on a purely military side.
Batiste is a sideline whiner, a Monday morning quarterback, a beer-drunk chump in a Lazy-Boy recliner, a guy who makes sure he’s got his own before he opens his mouth. That’s another definition of a coward. And the Gang of Generals is populated with nothing else than self-serving cowards.
Or maybe Batiste is just a craven opportunist, willing to change sides, opinions, judgments, and decisions depending on how he sees the weathervane turning. Maybe he’s about whatever keeps the money flowing and the TV appearances coming.
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