Friday, April 14, 2006

Experts Call for Rumsfeld to Step Down

Five retired senior generals have come out in recent days to criticize Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's mismanagement of the war in Iraq and to call for his resignation. The most recent critic, Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr. commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in 2004, said "I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war based on his absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq."

Rumsfeld's refusal to listen to top military experts is dangerous and a clear threat to the safety of our troops. I have repeatedly called for his resignation and will continue to do so until we have a plan for success in Iraq. We simply cannot continue with low troop morale and leaders who are unwilling to heed the advice of military experts.

As we work to bring democracy and peace to the Iraqi region, we must remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I have a memorial outside my Washington, DC office that lists the names and photos of every Arkansan who has lost his life in Iraq and Afghanistan. This serves as a constant reminder of Arkansas' sacrifice in the War on Terror.