Ranks of The DisgruntledTM Update
The list as of yesterday: Jon DiIulio, Rand Beers, Paul O’Neill, Joe Wilson, Richard Foster (the Medicare guy) and Richard Clarke.
“We are in grave danger of having destroyed our credibility internationally and domestically with regard to warning about future events,” he [Kay] said. “The answer is to admit you were wrong, and what I find most disturbing around Washington . . . is the belief . . . you can never admit you’re wrong.”
And via Orcinus, Reagan’s — and briefly Bush’s — chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1985 to 1989), Admiral William Crowe, appears a bit disgruntled as well, over the fictitious missile defense being rolled out for the next election:
“As you have said, Mr. President, our highest priority is to prevent terrorists from acquiring and employing weapons of mass destruction,” said the letter made available to Reuters.
As the “militarily responsible course of action,” the signers urged funds earmarked for missile defense go instead to bolster nuclear weapons depots and protect U.S. ports and borders against terrorists.
48 other retired generals and admirals signed the letter as well. Each and every one of them is surely disgruntled — after all, were they gruntled, why would they have retired? (Crowe, displeased with Bush I, endorsed Clinton in 1992.)
As she prepares to leave her job at the end of the year, Ms. Rice, the president’s national security adviser, now finds herself at the center of a political storm, furiously defending both the White House and her own reputation.
Here’s a scorecard to date: