Senate majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sparked the issue by apparently referring to Marine Corps General Peter Pace, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as being "incompetent". This characterization apparently took place during a phone call with left-wing bloggers, and as of today, no Democrat has publicly aknowleged that Reid did in fact refer to Pace in that manner.
However, the report appears to be factual, according to a story by Associate Press writer Anne Flaherty on Yahoo! News today, in which
Reid, D-Nev., went further Thursday when he said he was happy to hear of Pace's departure. The majority leader stopped short of calling Pace incompetent and declined to confirm a report in "The Politico" that he had done so earlier in the week in a private phone call to a group of liberal bloggers.
But he essentially said as much when he told reporters that Pace "had not done a very good job in speaking out for some obvious things that weren't going right in Iraq."
The Democrats further showed their unfitness to lead when "Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, D-Calif., said Wednesday she thought Pace was guilty of a dereliction of duty because of his support for Bush's Iraq policy."
This shows only how out-of-touch the Democrats really are. To show support for one's Commander-in-Chief is definitely NOT a dereliction of duty, and if Ms. Tauscher had any real knowledge of war and strategy, she would know that. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are bound to defend their country and they swear an oath to that effect. In addition, reports from independent sources show that the Iraq campaign is not the disaster that the Democrats and their media enablers like to pretend. Ms. Tauscher also showed where the Democrats' real priorities lie when she said
Pace lost standing among members in March when he said homosexual acts were immoral and that the military should not condone the behavior by letting gays serve openly.
If Democrats spent as much effort defending the United States as they do trying to censor people's honest opinions, then maybe we would not have such worries about their fitness for high office.