But last spring, Gen. Riggs was retired at a reduced rank for infractions so minor that they were not even placed in his official record, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Pentagon says he ran afoul of contracting regulations. The general and his supporters say it's because he contradicted Mr. Rumsfeld by saying publicly that the Army was overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan and needed more soldiers.
"He was given 24 hours to leave the Army," the Sun reported. "He had no parade in review, no rousing martial music, no speeches or official proclamations praising his decades in uniform, the trappings that normally herald a high-level military retirement.