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Rummy's No. 2 (Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz may bow out by February)
US News and World Report ^ | December 15, 2003 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 12/07/2003 5:28:18 PM PST by hapc

RUMMYS NO. 2

Word is that Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz may bow out as soon as February.

Replacement requirements: a strong manager, one who can repair problems with the military and could take over for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Several names have bubbled up including Deputy White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, a former Pentagon assistant, and NASA boss Sean O'Keefe, a former Secretary of the Navy.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: defense; dod; february; rummy; wolfowitz

1 posted on 12/07/2003 5:28:20 PM PST by hapc
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To: hapc
I would hate to see a guy as despised by the Left as Wolfowitz leave. He makes them do crazy things and contributes to their general sense of paranoia. Maybe Ann Coulter could take his place.
2 posted on 12/07/2003 5:31:43 PM PST by speedy
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To: hapc
Clarence Page mentioned today on Chrissy Matthews Show, that someone big in the Bush administration would be leaving within three months. Is Wolfowitz the one?
3 posted on 12/07/2003 5:32:57 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: speedy
Hadley would drive the libs bonkers too, I dont think we have to worry much..
4 posted on 12/07/2003 5:35:39 PM PST by hapc
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To: Reagan Man
No way Bush backs down and hires someone out of the loop if this happens.

I would say Hadley is a shho in

5 posted on 12/07/2003 5:36:46 PM PST by hapc
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To: speedy
naaaaa, won't happen.......
6 posted on 12/07/2003 5:38:08 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: hapc
The funny thing is, that despite the fact that Lefties hate this guy so much, it wouldn't surprise me if they point to his leaving as proof of anti-semitism on Bush's part! That's how shameless these people are.
7 posted on 12/07/2003 5:44:01 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Democratshavenobrains
Correct, the Dims would try and spin this to their advantage.
8 posted on 12/07/2003 5:48:12 PM PST by hapc
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To: Sub-Driver
I know, just wanted to drop her name into the thread. Sorry.
9 posted on 12/07/2003 5:48:46 PM PST by speedy
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To: hapc
I agree. I do think it would be good if W put in another person of impeccable right wing credentials so the Rats don't think they're getting away with something.
10 posted on 12/07/2003 5:50:06 PM PST by speedy
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To: speedy
And so the media doesnt jump on it as any change in Iraq strategy.
11 posted on 12/07/2003 5:51:35 PM PST by hapc
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To: speedy
Good idea. Maybe Bush should give Ann Coulter a position somewhere in the administration just to give the lefties a distracting target. How about Ambassador to the UN? She's more qualified than some of the people who have served there.

Of course our present team at the UN is doing very well. Maybe she could be the new Surgeon General. She'd be a lot better at it than any of clinton's appointees.
12 posted on 12/07/2003 5:52:33 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Speaking of the UN, I always thought that it would be a hoot to put Jesse Helms in charge of our UN delegation. He'd set 'em straight in a hurry! :P
13 posted on 12/07/2003 6:00:22 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Reagan Man
Norah O'Donnell also said this weekend that a Cabinet member would soon leave to work on Bush's re-election. My bet is Don Evans. Then, you have Martinez announcing his resignation as soon as tomorrow.
14 posted on 12/07/2003 6:09:40 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("He's got to win in '04. No one else can prosecute this war like he can."- Cpt. J. Morrison, Baghdad)
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To: hapc

I think Porter Goss may be in the running, too, if the notion is that he will be the future Secretary of Defense. He's a former officer with U.S. Army Intelligence and the CIA, and is currently the head of the House Intelligence Committee. He's also a very close friend of GWB's.

15 posted on 12/07/2003 6:15:09 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("He's got to win in '04. No one else can prosecute this war like he can."- Cpt. J. Morrison, Baghdad)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Oh, and he'll be out of a job in 2005, anyway-- he's retiring from Congress.
16 posted on 12/07/2003 6:15:43 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("He's got to win in '04. No one else can prosecute this war like he can."- Cpt. J. Morrison, Baghdad)
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To: hapc
"Word" from whom? I can't see him leaving until Iraq is in better shape.
17 posted on 12/07/2003 6:26:38 PM PST by the Real fifi
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To: speedy
The Bush Administration would never be stupid enough to put Ann Coulter in a position as important as Wolfowitz's.
18 posted on 12/07/2003 7:33:49 PM PST by Valentine_W
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To: Valentine_W
That wouldn't require intellegence, it would require courage. Ann is more than up to the task. I'm sure however, she wouldn't much care for the pay cut reuired.
19 posted on 12/07/2003 8:04:47 PM PST by kylaka
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To: kylaka
Someone was just dropping Ann Coulter's name out of the blue as Wolfowitz' replacement for a lark. I think it is also a trick to get someone to put her picture in the thread.

By tomorrow this rumor will be all over WDC.

20 posted on 12/07/2003 8:10:39 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Do you really think George Segal is in the running?

21 posted on 12/07/2003 8:26:28 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: hapc
Bad move by Wolfowitz if true. Of all the people on the President's team none more than Paul Wolfowitz has an obligation to see our project in Iraq through to the bitter end.
22 posted on 12/07/2003 9:17:02 PM PST by beckett
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To: Valentine_W
I was just kidding, Val. Besides, Ann does a lot more good for the cause on the talking head circuit than she ever could at a government slot. If you had to name five people that the Left hates most, Wolfie and Ann would both be among the honored.
23 posted on 12/08/2003 5:12:12 AM PST by speedy
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