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Deputy Secretary of State Armitage Quits -Official
Reuters ^ | November 16, 2004

Posted on 11/16/2004 10:23:38 AM PST by West Coast Conservative

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has resigned as expected a day after his boss and close friend, Colin Powell, announced he was stepping down, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

Armitage, a barrel-chested former Navy officer who closely managed the day-to-day operations of the State Department's worldwide bureaucracy, tendered his resignation to Powell on Monday, the official said.

"He came in with the secretary and is leaving with him," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

Armitage was respected among diplomats and lawmakers for his candor. He was always expected to leave at the same time as Powell because of his fierce loyalty to him.

The top U.S. diplomat announced his own resignation on Monday and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice is set to be named to replace him.

"I don't think she has decided on her deputy yet," the official said.

With moderates Powell and Armitage leaving and President Bush poised to elevate Rice, a close confidante who often sided with the administration's hawks, U.S. diplomacy may become more hard-edged, political analysts say.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armitage; cleaninghouse; condirice; condoleezzarice; napalminthemorning; powell; resign; resignations; rice; richardarmitage; statedepartment; wot

1 posted on 11/16/2004 10:23:39 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Buh byeeeeeee


2 posted on 11/16/2004 10:26:39 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Expected


3 posted on 11/16/2004 10:27:05 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: West Coast Conservative

Sweeeeeet!


4 posted on 11/16/2004 10:27:13 AM PST by PianoMan (Top priority for the new government - STOP SPECTER)
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To: West Coast Conservative

He can go help Iran and its wonderful "democracy".


5 posted on 11/16/2004 10:27:13 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: West Coast Conservative
The CIA's new director is starting to clean out that colossal mess, and it looks like the State Dept. is next.
6 posted on 11/16/2004 10:29:02 AM PST by xJones
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To: West Coast Conservative
I know this is wrong, but every time I see Armitage I can't help but picture this in my head:

I need help.

7 posted on 11/16/2004 10:29:23 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: West Coast Conservative

Adios...don't go away mad.


8 posted on 11/16/2004 10:30:00 AM PST by dinok
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To: West Coast Conservative

We'll miss Uncle Fester.


9 posted on 11/16/2004 10:52:35 AM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: West Coast Conservative
Armitage was respected among diplomats and lawmakers for his candor.

Oxymoron alert! Candor? In a diplomat? LOL

Prairie

10 posted on 11/16/2004 10:57:29 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: AreaMan
I need help.

You are in my prayers.

11 posted on 11/16/2004 11:17:07 AM PST by aculeus
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To: AreaMan
I see what you mean..


12 posted on 11/16/2004 11:22:42 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: No Blue States

Every time I see Armitage, I think of Uncle Fester.

 

13 posted on 11/16/2004 11:26:23 AM PST by PilloryHillary (Thank God that President Bush is in the White House for 4 more years!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Another one bites the dust!


14 posted on 11/16/2004 11:45:20 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (New DNC political slogan to win back red states: "Vote for us, you stupid morons!")
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To: johnfkerrysucks
Where is Pugsly?
15 posted on 11/16/2004 11:46:35 AM PST by Mike Darancette (RICE '08)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The cleaning of the state department begins.

http://regimechangeiran.blogspot.com/


16 posted on 11/16/2004 11:47:42 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: AreaMan

"I need help/Curly for President"

The cure will be for Armitage to assume the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran


17 posted on 11/16/2004 12:06:45 PM PST by stefanbc (Drain the swamp: CIA, State, FCC.......suggestions??)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Good riddance.


18 posted on 11/16/2004 12:50:33 PM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds, a pessimist fears this is true.)
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"I keep trying to think but nothing happens!"
-- Armitrage motto at State --


19 posted on 11/16/2004 1:13:17 PM PST by StAnDeliver (....Zogby has Kerry with 311 electoral votes....exit polls show Virginia too close to call...)
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To: West Coast Conservative

AMF!


20 posted on 11/16/2004 3:00:29 PM PST by claudwitz
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To: West Coast Conservative

This report suggests that Armitage is close to employees of the State Department. If so, then his departure is a good thing but (see next paragraph) at the same time not much good will come of it in the rank and file.

Unfortunately, no one really can clean house there at the levels where some good can be done. It is my understanding that to fire a State Department officer, a panel of his/her "peers" is established, a hearing is held, and a clearing/dismissal finding is made. You can bet that not many are dismissed under such an arrangement.


21 posted on 11/16/2004 4:45:00 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: West Coast Conservative

Time to clean house, Condi.


22 posted on 11/16/2004 7:35:06 PM PST by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Glad to see him go, go, go, go...

Armitage was a symbiotic organism to the host organism Powell, and Powell was far too measured, too wishy-washy on Iraq, to conciliatory to old Europe, and too concerned with UN approval to perform his duties as he should have in this age of extensive threat and worldwide war.

Condi is a guns-a-blazin' a**-kicker. She'll clean up the State Department and get it working in America's best interests again.


23 posted on 11/16/2004 8:21:42 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 ("America...F**K YEAH !" -Team America: World Police)
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To: OldPossum
You can bet that not many are dismissed under such an arrangement.

True. ...but, there maybe a hugh increase in Janitorial Service personnel @ State Department...Could you empty this wastebasket, Janitor (fmr. A$$. section chief of M.E. affairs.). :))

24 posted on 11/17/2004 7:07:08 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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To: OldPossum

Look at the CIA. Outright firing is not the only way to get people to leave.


25 posted on 11/17/2004 5:02:14 PM PST by Southern Federalist
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