Predictably, the right wing is making the revolt of the generals out to be a leftwing plot. I was on a talk radio show last week and the ultraconservatives kept singing that tune, claiming that it was all an effort by Democrats and leftists to run General Zinni for President.
As a lifelong leftist, that was news to me.
As Carl Sagan once put it, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." There's no evidence for this one. (And I doubt many of those generals would like to hold hands and march for peace with me.)
Anyway, I think the media has been focusing on the wrong issues: not Rumsfeld's arrogance and incompetence, but his potential criminal offenses. I make this case in "Rumsfeld Shouldn't Be Fired. He Should Be Indicted."
On another subject, our managing editor, Amitabh Pal, has just posted a piece entitled "What to do about Darfur?" He grapples with this question, as we all should, regardless of where we come out on it.
And finally, as the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing phase comes to an end, I believe it's important, even in this case, to oppose the death penalty, as I've done in "Don't Execute Moussaoui."
I hope you enjoy this week's offerings.
Best, as always,
Matthew RothschildEditor, The Progressive
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