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Retired Army Major General John Batiste has lived in Rochester for less than a year, but his outspoken criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has quickly made him one of the area’s most well-known residents.
Batiste, who moved to Rochester to join Klein Steel in November 2005, served in Iraq twice, most recently in 2004 and 2005, when he was commanding general of the First Infantry Division. He also served as an assistant to Paul Wolfowitz when Wolfowitz was deputy defense secretary.
In your talk at the library, you criticized members of Congress who make fact-finding trips to Iraq and come back and report that things are going well. Was that a reference to Congressman Randy Kuhl?
Yeah, that was Randy Kuhl.
Have you spoken to Kuhl? Could he be right?
No, no. I wouldn’t give him the time of day or my vote, for that matter. I am a registered Republican, but it will be a cold day in hell before I vote for anyone who I don’t think is well informed and has the moral courage to make the right decisions.
I encourage you to read the full article. General Batiste’s views on the Iraq situation are quite insightful. In my view, his opinions carry validity and truth. He is being realistic. It’s not a pretty picture and he doesn’t try to mislead the readers into thinking that it is better than what some are trying to lead us to believe.