by user Dannyjnorman
Now, Presidential Candidate, Senator John McCain, has unleashed his tongue on the former SecDef.
> "We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement...Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history," McCain said to applause.
This is nothing new for people in the military, or regular readers of Free Thinking Americans. Critical missions were scrapped by Rumsfeld in order to promote his idea of a light quick hitting military.
Rumsfeld came into the Defense Department with an ax and began chopping. He believed the future of the military was not in the Cold War era large standing army. Like the Europeans who've dismantled their militaries (and since suffered the consequences) Rumsfeld felt the US should leverage technology and Special Forces to achieve most military goals.
Then came Iraq. Several Desert Storm generation generals believed Rumsfeld would require a massive force of up to a half million to successfully invade Iraq. Rumsfeld disregarded the advice and went with his own instinct.
Two missions the US did not have enough troops for were securing the Syrian and Iranian borders which has proved problematic throughout the war. And there were not enough troops to secure the streets of Baghdad and other cities in Iraq. For more on this read Generation Kill or One Bullet Away.
This explains why McCain is for the troop surge, although he would probably want to deploy 200,000 more rather than just 20,000.
However, McCain surely knows that with the results of the November election, the possibility of sending in 200,000 additional troops is a political impossibility, but he also believes all is not lost.