Sunday, November 05, 2006

Your Time Is Coming, Rummy!

President Bush recently announced just days before the election that Donald Rumsfeld would remain his Secretary of Defense throughout the remainder of his administration. Talk about putting your head in the sand! Did he clear that with Karl Rove? Or was he just smoking whatever stuff his buddy Rev. Ted Haggard was when he said it? Regardless, what a gift for the Democrats.

I've been railing against this clown Rumsfeld for a long time. Perhaps the idea of asking a lot more from a smaller, less equipped military wasn't a good idea afterall. Perhaps Colin Powell, the man this administration turned their backs on, had it right afterall with his "You break it, you own it" thoughts on Iraq, while Rummy was saying, "I don't know how long we'll be in Iraq, it could be 6 weeks, it could be 6 months."

I still can't believe how Republicans rightfully demanded the resignation of President Clinton's Defense Secretary Les Aspin in 1993 for failures in Somalia that led to the death of a dozen or so US troops, yet many of the same GOPers unwaveringly support Rumsfeld whose flawed strategies in Iraq have resulted in the death of thousands of US troops. And people wonder why conservatives like me will vote for Democrats on Tuesday?

On Monday, the rather conservative newspaper The Army Times with a readership largely comprised of members of the military will publish a ground-breaking editorial calling for Rumsfeld's firing. I wouldn't be surprised if Rummy's was the first head from the White House to roll following Tuesday's elections, despite Bush's recent proclamation. Here's part of the piece:

Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.

This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:

Donald Rumsfeld must go.


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