The Rumsfeld memoir is around the corner, and I have to wonder who will stand by him as he attempts to re-write the history of his tenure in an attempt to clear his well-muddied name. Perhaps some of his neo-con ideological partners, like Richard Perle or Paul Wolfowitz.
The problem for Rumsfeld is that he will need to find scapegoats. Had he made fewer enemies he might be able to pull if off, but the list of people standing ready to contradict Rumsfeld is long. Some have already fired shots across his bow, including Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq from 2003 and 2004. TIME published a lengthy excerpt from Sanchez's recently published memoir that takes direct aim at Rumsfeld and previews his attempts, while he was still Secretary of Defense, to provide some cover for himself for mistakes made in Iraq.
Sanchez feelings of betrayal, and efforts to distance himself, are evident in this passage:
"In the meantime, hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars were unnecessarily spent, and worse yet, too many of our most precious military resource, our American soldiers, were unnecessarily wounded, maimed, and killed as a result. In my mind, this action by the Bush administration amounts to gross incompetence and dereliction of duty."
Not exactly subtle language. This should be fun.